Number: The Language of Science

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Number: The Language of Science: A Critical Survey Written for the Cultured Non-Mathematician is a popular mathematics book written by Russian-American mathematician Tobias Dantzig. The original U.S. publication was by Macmillan in 1930.[1] A second edition (third impression) was published in 1947 in Prague, Czechoslovakia by Melantrich Company. It recounts the history of mathematical ideas, and how they have evolved.[2]


The book is divided into 12 chapters. There is an appendix of illustrations. The third edition of the book contains a separate section for essays, at the book's end.

  1. Fingerprints
  2. The Empty Column
  3. Number Lore
  4. The Last Number
  5. Symbols
  6. The Unutterable
  7. This Flowing World
  8. The Act of Becoming
  9. Filling the Gaps
  10. The Domain of Number
  11. The Anatomy of the Infinite
  12. The Two Realities


  1. ^ Booklist Books, a Selection (1931) listed in last section of (1922-1933) collection of the American Library Association, p.10
  2. ^ Dantzig, Tobias (1932-11-26). 'Number: The Language of Science (A Critical Survey Written for the Cultured Non-Mathematician. George Allen & Unwin Ltd. p. 320.