Audiobook: Philosophy and Fun of Algebra
Philosophy and Fun of Algebra
1 - 01 – From Arithmetic to Algebra
- Download 01 – From Arithmetic to Algebra audio
- Download 02 – The Making of Algebras audio
- Download 03 – Simultaneous Problems audio
- Download 04 – Partial Solutions.. Elements of Complexity audio
- Download 05 – Mathematical Certainty… audio
- Download 06 – The First Hebrew Algebra audio
- Download 07 – How to Choose Our Hypotheses audio
- Download 08 – The Limits of the Teacher audio
- Download 09 – The Use of Sewing Cards audio
- Download 10 – The Story of a Working Hypothesis audio
- Download 11 – Macbeth’s Mistake audio
- Download 12 – Jacob’s Ladder audio
- Download 13 – The Great x of the World audio
- Download 14 – Go Out of My Class-Room audio
- Download 15 – Square Root of Minus One audio
- Download 16 – Infinity audio
- Download 17 – From Bondage to Freedom audio
- Download 18 – Appendix audio
Mary Everest Boole (1832-1916) was born Mary Everest in England and spent her early years in France. She married mathematician George Boole. She was the author of several works on teaching and teaching mathematics in particular.
This short book, Philosophy and Fun of Algebra, is meant to be read by children and introduces algebra and logic. She uses the word “algebra” broadly, defining it as a “method of solving problems by honest confession of one’s ignorance”. Using this definition, Boole introduces, in a conversational manner, the concepts of logic and algebra, illustrating these concepts with stories and anecdotes, often from biblical sources. At times, her discussion seems somewhat mystical, speaking of the imagination and angels as messengers which guide one toward the next step in a logical investigation. Boole ends the book with a reminder that algebra’s essential element is “the habitual registration of the exact limits of one’s knowledge” and a call for the public to keep this principle in mind when encountering any situation.
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