Instant Mathematics by Paul Parsons and Gail Dixon

Instant Mathematics by Paul Parsons and Gail Dixon* is the fourth book in the Instant series I read, see a list of the others and links to my reviews for them. I loved this book! I think it must have been my favourite or in first place with Instant History. I can’t decide which of these two I loved more.

Instant Mathematics by Paul Parsons and Gail Dixon

Instant Mathematics’ chapters are: ancient, Roman to middle ages, early modern, nineteenth century, and twentieth century and beyond. It explains things like irrational numbers or Euclidean geometry, as you might expect. But there are stories and details about the lives of mathematicians, like Pythagoras. I loved the fact that Hypatia got her own page. She is such an important figure in mathematics, but less known and talked about, so it’s great she is remembered here. Ada Lovelace and Florence Nightingale also have their own pages in the book.

I found amusing that Leibniz and Newton are on consecutive pages, especially as their antipathy for each other is so well known. Other things you are going to read in this book are about Bernoulli family, chaos theory, game theory, among many other interesting things. So, do get this book, it’s so good.

page example - instant mathematics
This is how a page looks like. I did not want to push the book open, so the picture is not as clear, but you can get a sense of how the information is shown.

Instant Series:
Instant History by Sandra Lawrence
Instant Engineering by Joel Levy
Instant Science by Jennifer Crouch
Instant Mathematics by Paul Parsons and Gail Dixon

Instant Mathematics by Paul Parsons and Gail Dixon

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My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Welbeck Publishing
Year it was published: 2020
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): Mathematics
Pages: 175

About the author: Other books by Paul Parsons: The Beginning and the End of Everything : From the Big Bang to the End of the Universe; How to Destroy the Universe: And 34 other really interesting uses of physics; Science in 100 Key Breakthroughs.
Another book by Gail Dixon: 50 Science Ideas You Really Need to Know.
Website & Social Media Links: welbeckpublishing

*I was sent a copy of Instant Mathematics by Paul Parsons and Gail Dixon for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

3 thoughts on “Instant Mathematics by Paul Parsons and Gail Dixon”

  • My math is pretty good, as a nurse you use it every day. This definitely appeals as a refresher on the areas not so commonly used.

  • Sounds a delight to brush up on my skills – wont be long to my nephew asks for help – ill be ready

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