Title: Man Must Measure: The Wonderful World of Mathematics
Author: Lancelot Hogben
Illustrator: André, Charles Keeping, Kenneth Symonds
Year: 1955 (First Edition)
Publisher: Rathbone Books
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Good
Description: This dramatic presentation shows how the growth and development of civilisation is also the story of the growth and development of mathematics as a science. Man first began to count by putting one pebble to represent one things, two pebbles for two things, and any quantity beyond three was just "a heap". Slowly through the ages he learned to measure, multiply and divide. Through trade, travel and conquest, there was a gradual interchange of knowledge among widely differing civilisations.
Never before has this fascinating human story of mathematics been so colourfully and simply told, and is the perfect introduction to the fundamentals of mathematics.
Absolutely stunning full-colour illustrations on every page. Beautifully illustrated pastedowns and endpapers depict the evolution of mathematical concepts through the ages.
Sky blue pictorial cloth boards with embossed black text to front and spine. Unclipped jacket (bears original price of 21s) is in good condition for its age and remains very bright. There is some scuffing along the upper and lower edges, plus some minor closed tears and a small (1½ cm × 1 cm) loss at the tail of the spine. Two corners have been bumped and the spine has become slightly bent. The previous owner has printed her name on the front pastedown in faded pink felt-tip. Apart from some light handling marks on a few, the pages are in excellent unmarked condition and not a speck of foxing is to be found anywhere.
Measures 32.5 cm × 24.5 cm (13″ × 9.8″). Folio. 69 pp.