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June 23, 2011

As easy as One, Two, Three

One, Two, Three Absolutely Elementary Mathematics is the new book from David Berlinski, the acclaimed author of A Tour of the Calculus and The Advent of the Algorithm. One, Two, Three is a riveting new look at mathematics that reveals a hidden world in some of its most fundamental concepts. It's a captivating exploration of the foundation of mathematics: how it originated, who thought of it, and why it matters.

"Philosopher and math populizer Berlinski takes on the challenge of explaining the logical foundation of the elementary operations of arithmetic....A tour de force by a mathematician who wants the intellectually curious and logically understand the foundations and beauty of one of the major branches of mathematics."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Math writer and teacher Berlinski is well-known for his 1997 A Tour of the Calculus. In this outing, he reintroduces readers to their childhood friends, the integers, bringing out their complexity in a way elementary school teachers never did."
--Publishers Weekly

"With broad culture and wry humor, Berlinski takes a look at some basic concepts in math and the people who worried about them. A treat!"
--Gregory Chaitin, author of Meta Math!