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A Brief History of Mathematical Thought

Luke Heaton
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Luke Heaton

Mathematics is a product of human culture which has developed along with our attempts to comprehend the world around us. In A Brief History of Mathematical Thought, Luke Heaton explores how the language of mathematics has evolved over time, enabling new technologies and shaping the way people think. From stone-age rituals to algebra, calculus, and the concept of computation, Heaton shows the enormous influence of mathematics on science, philosophy and the broader human story.The book traces the fascinating history of mathematical practice, focusing on the impact of key conceptual innovations. Its structure of thirteen chapters split between four sections is dictated by a combination of historical and thematic considerations. In the first section, Heaton illuminates the fundamental concept of number. He begins with a speculative and rhetorical account of prehistoric rituals, before describing the practice of mathematics in Ancient Egypt, Babylon and Greece. He then examines the relationship between counting and the continuum of measurement, and explains how the rise of algebra has dramatically transformed our world. In the second section, he explores the origins of calculus and the conceptual shift that accompanied the birth of non-Euclidean geometries. In the third section, he examines the concept of the infinite and the fundamentals of formal logic. Finally, in section four, he considers the limits of formal proof, and the critical role of mathematics in our ongoing attempts to comprehend the world around us. The story of mathematics is fascinating in its own right, but Heaton does more than simply outline a history of mathematical ideas. More importantly, he shows clearly how the history and philosophy of maths provides an invaluable perspective on human nature.

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A Brief History of the Roman Empire

Stephen P. Kershaw
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Stephen P. Kershaw

In this lively and very readable history of the Roman Empire from its establishment in 27 BC to the barbarian incursions and the fall of Rome in AD 476, Kershaw draws on a range of evidence, from Juvenal's Satires to recent archaeological finds. He examines extraordinary personalities such as Caligula and Nero and seismic events such as the conquest of Britain and the establishment of a 'New Rome' at Constantinople and the split into eastern and western empires. Along the way we encounter gladiators and charioteers, senators and slaves, fascinating women, bizarre sexual practices and grotesque acts of brutality, often seen through eyes of some of the world's greatest writers. He concludes with a brief look at how Rome lives on in the contemporary world, in politics, architecture, art and literature.

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A Brief Guide to the Greek Myths

Stephen P. Kershaw
Authors:
Stephen P. Kershaw

The book leads the reader through these vibrant stories, from the origins of the gods through to the homecomings of the Trojan heroes. All the familiar narratives are here, along with some less familiar characters and motifs. In addition to the tales, the book explains key issues arising from the narratives, and discusses the myths and their wider relevance.This long-overdue book crystallises three key areas of interest: the nature of the tales; the stories themselves; and how they have and might be interpreted. For the first time, it brings together aspects of Greek mythology only usually available in disparate forms - namely children's books and academic works. There will be much here that is interesting, surprising, and strange as well as familiar. Experts and non-experts, adults, students and schoolchildren alike will gain entertainment and insight from this fascinating and important volume.

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David Brin
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David Brin
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A Brief Guide to Classical Civilization

Stephen P. Kershaw
Authors:
Stephen P. Kershaw

A general introduction to the classical world from its origins to the fall of the Roman Empire. The book focuses on questions of how we know about Classical civilization from archaeology and history; deals with the Mycenaean era and the world of Myth and Epic in Homer's Iliad & Odyssey; gives an outline of Greek history in the 5th & 4th Centuries BC; looks at Greek social life and the alternative model of Sparta, and considers the achievements of the Greeks in their art and architecture, tragedy and comedy. Turning to Rome, it engages with Roman history, the Roman Epic tradition, the fascinating features of Roman social life, analyses Roman satire, explores the urban environment in Pompeii and Herculaneum, and concludes with the End of Rome.

Antonia Hayes

Antonia Hayes, who grew up in Sydney and spent her twenties in Paris, lives in San Francisco with her husband and son. Relativity is her first novel.

Brian Clegg

BRIAN CLEGG is a prize-winning science writer with a physics degree from Cambridge and a masters in the mathematical discipline operational research. He has written over 20 science books and articles for newspapers and magazines from The Observer and Wall Street Journal to BBC Focus and Playboy. He lives in Wiltshire, England, with his wife and two children.

Daniel Griliopoulos

Dan Griliopoulos is a writer specialising in video games. His work has been published in media including The New Statesman, the Mail on Sunday and the Guardian. He has a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford and a lifelong love of classical philosophy. He is currently Lead Content Editor at tech firm Improbable.

David Brin

David Brin is the acclaimed Hugo and Nebula award-winning author of ten novels and two collections of short stories. He has a doctorate in astrophysics, and has been a consultant to NASA and a graduate-level physics professor. He lives in California.

Derek Wilson

DEREK WILSON is a renowned Tudor historian. A graduate of Peterhouse, Cambridge, he has written over 50 critically acclaimed books including A Brief History of the Circumnavigators, and The Uncrowned Kings of England, as well as recent biographies of Charlemagne and Holbein.He is a writer and presenter for radio and television and is also the founder of the Cambridge History festival. He lives in North Devon. Visit his website: www.derekwilson.com

James M. Russell

JAMES M. RUSSEL has a philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge, a post-graduate qualification in critical theory, and has taught at the Open University in the UK. He currently works as director of a media-related business. He is the author of A Brief Guide to Philosophical Classics and A Brief Guide to Spiritual Classics. He lives in north London with his wife, daughter and two cats.

Jordan Erica Webber

Jordan Erica Webber is a freelance writer and speaker who specialises in video games. Most of her work can be found on the Guardian. She has a first-class degree in Philosophy with Psychology from the University of Warwick.

Jordanna Max Brodsky

Jordanna Max Brodsky hails from Virginia, where she spent four years at a science and technology high school pretending it was a theater conservatory. She holds a degree in History and Literature from Harvard University. When she's not wandering the forests of Maine, she lives in Manhattan with her husband. She often sees goddesses in Central Park and wishes she were one.

Lincoln Child

LINCOLN CHILD is the New York Times bestselling author of Terminal Freeze, Deep Storm, and Utopia, as well as co-author with Douglas Preston of numerous international bestsellers in their Pendergast and Gideon Crew series.

Lynn Picknett

Lynn Picknett is author of Mary Magdalene: Christianity's Hidden Goddess and (with Clive Prince) Turin Shroud: How Leonardo da Vinci Fooled History and its sequel, The Templar Revelation.She is also a lecturer and consultant on UFOs and the paranormal (Meridien/Anglia TV, Talk Radio, LBC, the Museum of Photography and the British UFO Research Association). She lives in London.

Michelle Goldberg

Michelle Goldberg is a journalist and the author of Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism, a New York Times best seller that was a finalist for the New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, and The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World. Goldberg is currently a columnist at Slate, she has also written pieces for The New Yorker, the New York Times, Newsweek, The New Republic, Glamour, and many other publications. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and children.www.michellegoldberg.net

Olympus Knights

Olympus Knights is the creator of the smash anime hit Aldnoah Zero.

Pinakes

Pinakes is the artist behind the manga adaptation of Aldnoah Zero.

Rhodri Evans

DR RHODRI EVANS studied Physics at Imperial College London, graduating with First Class honours, before gaining his PhD in Astrophysics from Cardiff University. He has taught at the University of Toledo in the United States, at Swarthmore College and done post-doctoral research at the University of Chicago's Yerkes Observatory, 'the birthplace of modern astrophysics'. He is currently a research fellow at Cardiff University, with a particular interest in infrared astronomy. Rhodri is the author of numerous academic papers as well as popular-science articles, he speaks regularly at conferences and is a regular contributor to the BBC on Physics and Astronomy. His popular blog can be found at thecuriousastronomer.wordpress.com.

Stephen P. Kershaw

Dr Steve P. Kershaw has spent a great deal of time in the world of the Ancient Greeks, both intellectually and physically. He has been a Classics tutor for some 25 years, operating at all levels from complete beginner to Masters degree. He currently operates out of the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, creating and teaching undergraduate courses for the weekly class programme, the Masters in Literature and Art, summer schools, and online. Steve has just been commissioned to write Oxford University's new online course on 'The Minoans and Mycenaeans', which will include investigations into the Atlantis tale in relation to the impact of the Late Bronze Age eruption of the Santorini volcano on Minoan civilisation. As Professor of History of Art, he runs the European Studies Classical Tour for Rhodes College and the University of the South. He also teaches courses at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Former students include the Princess of Jordan, and he translated Matthew Pinsent's 4th Olympic Gold Medal for him after his victory in Athens. As a guest speaker for Swan Hellenic Cruises and the Royal Academy (through Cox and Kings) Steve has travelled extensively throughout the Mediterranean. In 1990 Steve edited Pierre Grimal's Concise Dictionary of Classical Mythology, later converted to The Penguin Dictionary of Classical Mythology, and in 2007, partly as a result of a course on Greek Mythology that he taught at Oxford University, he wrote A Brief Guide to the Greek Myths for Constable & Robinson, described by Paul Cartledge the Professor of Ancient History at Cambridge University as 'eminently sane, highly informative, and reasonably priced'. It is currently used as a set book for Oxford University's online course on Greek Mythology. His Brief Guide to Classical Civilization was published by Constable & Robinson in 2010, and A Brief History of the Roman Empire followed in 2013 - this is also used as a set book by Oxford University for its 'The Fall of Rome' online course.