This short and very interesting book is a treasure trove for anyone interested in the least in mathematics, its history, the history of science, or in history and philosophy generally. Starting from prehistoric materials (non-Western as well as the more familiar European sources), the author proceeds to create an outline of the development of mathematical knowledge and its uses throughout known history. In lively and unremmittingly clear and easy-to-read prose, he shows one the broad outline of the mainstream growth and development of the (collective) Mathematical Mind through the stories and illustrations of the individual heroes and heroines (in the classical sense) who have journeyed into the unknown and returned with the bricks or stones that have become the foundation and necessity for nearly all we need and cherish about the material manifestation of our civilization today--from bridges to computers, electricity to astronomy, machines to modern cooking.
One of the greatest strengths of this book, in this edition particularly, is its extensive bibliographies. There is one presented with each chapter, as well as a magnificent one for the history of mathematics generally following the Introduction. Many works are listed in this book in their original languages (including Russian, German, Italian, French and Latin), as well as English originals and translations.