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THE science of mathematics, the most fundamental of all intellectual activities, has been studied since the dawn of history, and almost certainly before that. The motives which impel this study are various, but it would scarcely be an exaggeration to say that everyone uses mathematics in one form or another. In the past, many of the advances of pure mathematics have been bound up with practical applications. For example, it is probably not often realised that the Gibbs phenomenon of Fourier series was brought into prominence by results obtained in using the harmonic analyser of Michelson and Stratton, and was at first attributed to an inaccuracy in the machine itself.

Mathematics for the Practical Man


Presumably, the publisher was able to make enough money to pay for two full pages in a national magazine by selling a five-volume set on mathematics for $8.95 over three months ($166.56 in 2021 dollars, according to this inflation calculator). Somehow, I doubt if they would have enough takers today.

There are, however, certain kinds of problems, not considered in algebra or arithmetic, in which the quantities involved, or the numbers expressing these quantities are continually changing. Many such examples could be cited; in fact, such problems form the greater part of those arising in natural phenomena and in engineering. The branch of mathematics which treats these methods is called the calculus. 041b061a72


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