# An Introduction to Mathematics

## Book Description

"The object of the following chapters is not to teach mathematics, but to enable students from the very beginning of their course to know what the science is about, and why it is necessarily the foundation of exact thought as applied to natural phenomena." Thus begins this volume by the prominent English philosopher and mathematician Alfred North Whitehead, a concise statement on the nature and meaning of mathematics for the general student. Expertly written and abounding in insights, the book presents a lively exposition of mathematical concepts, the history of their development, and their applications to the physical world.

Whitehead explains in broad terms what mathematics is about, what it does, and how mathematicians do it.Generations of readers who have stayed with the philosopher from the beginning to the end have found themselves amply rewarded for taking this journey. As *The New York Times* observed decades ago, "Whitehead doesn't popularize or make palatable; he is simply lucid and cogent ... A finely balanced mixture of knowledge and urbanity .... Should delight you."

### Table of Contents

1. The Abstract Nature Of Mathematics

2. Variables

3. Methods Of Application

4. Dynamics

5. The Symbolism Of Mathematics

6. Generalizations Of Numbers

7. Imaginary Numbers

8. Imaginary Numbers (Continued)

9. Coordinate Geometry

10. Conic Sections

11. Functions

12. Periodicity In Nature

13. Trigonometry

14. Series

15. The Differential Calculus

16. Geometry

17. Quantity

## Book Details

- Title: An Introduction to Mathematics
- Author: Alfred North Whitehead
- Length: 176 pages
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Publisher: Dover Publications
- Publication Date: 2017-05-17
- ISBN-10: 0486813665
- ISBN-13: 9780486813660

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