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STAMPING THROUGH MATHEMATICS by Robin J Wilson

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STAMPING THROUGH MATHEMATICS
An Illustrated History of Mathematics Through Stamps
Robin J. Wilson

Postage stamps are an attractive vehicle for presenting mathematics and its development. For many years the Robin has presented illustrated lectures entitled “Stamping Through Mathematics” to school and college groups and to mathematical clubs and societies, and has written a regular “Stamp Corner” for the Mathematical Intelligence.
 

This book contains almost four hundred postage stamps relating to mathematics, ranging from the earliest forms of counting to the modern computer age. Featured are many of the mathematicians who contributed to this story — influential figures such as Pythagoras, Archimedes, Newton and Einstein — and some of the areas whose study aided this development — such as navigation, astronomy and art.
 

The stamps appear enlarged and in full colour with full historical commentary and are listed in full at the end of the book.
 

Robin J. Wilson is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at the Open University in the United Kingdom and a Fellow of Keble College, Oxford University. He is very involved with the popularisation of mathematics and has written and edited books on a variety of topics, from graph theory and combinatorics via the Gilbert and Sullivan operas to the history of mathematics.
 

Published by Springer-Verlag, New York, Inc. 
2001
ISBN 0-387-98949-8