|aStamping through mathematics / |cRobin J. Wilson
|aNew York : |bSpringer, |cc2001
|avii, 126 p : |bcol. ill ; |c27 cm
|a"All science is either physics or stamp collecting Ernest Rutherford"
|aIncludes bibliographical references and index
|aMachine generated contents note: Preface--Early Mathematics--Egypt--Greek Geometry--Plato's Academy--Euclid and Archimedes--Greek Astronomy--Mathematical Recreations--China--India--Mayans and Incas--Early Islamic Mathematics--The Middle Islamic Period--Late Islamic Mathematics--The Middle Ages--The Growth of Learning--Renaissance Art--Go and Chess--The Age of Exploration--Map-Making--Globes--Navigational Instruments--Nicolaus Copernicus--The New Astronomy--Calendars--Calculating Numbers--Seventeenth-Century France--Isaac Newton--Reactions to Newton--Continental Mathematics--Halley's Comet--Longitude--The New World--France and the Enlightenment--The French Revolution--The Liberation of Geometry--The Liberation of Algebra--Statistics--China and Japan--Russia--Eastern Europe--Mathematical Physics--The Nature of Light--Einstein's Theory of Relativity--Quantum Theory--The Twentieth Century--The Birth of Computing--The Development of Computing--The International Scene--Mathematics and Nature--Twentieth-Century Painting--The Geometry of Space--Mathematical Games--Mathematics Education--Metrication--Mathematical Shapes--List of stamps--Bibliography--Acknowledgements--Index
"If you are interested in the beauty of mathematics, you must go out and buy Robin Wilson's absolutely stunning book of mathematical stamps, a book which traces the history of mathematics through images on the postage of countries around the globe." - Victor Katz, MAA Online Postage stamps are an attractive vehicle for presenting mathematics and its development. For many years the author has presented illustrated lectures entitled Stamping through Mathematics to school and college groups and to mathematical clubs and societies, and has written a regular Stamps Corner for The Mathematical Intelligencer. The book contains almost four-hundred postage stamps relating to mathematics, ranging from the earliest forms of counting to the modern computer age. The stamps appear enlarged and in full color with full historical commentary, and are listed at the end of the book.