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Philosophy and Fun of Algebra

Mary Everest Boole

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Mary Everest Boole (1832-1916) was born Mary Everest in England and spent her early years in France. She married mathematician George Boole. She was the author of several works on teaching and teaching mathematics in particular.This short book, Philosophy and Fun of Algebra, is meant to be read by children and introduces algebra and logic. She uses the word “algebra” broadly, defining it as a “method of solving problems by honest confession of one’s ignorance”. Using this definition, Boole introduces, in a conversational manner, the concepts of logic and algebra, illustrating these concepts with stories and anecdotes, often from biblical sources. At times, her discussion seems somewhat mystical, speaking of the imagination and angels as messengers which guide one toward the next step in a logical investigation. Boole ends the book with a reminder that algebra’s essential element is “the habitual registration of the exact limits of one’s knowledge” and a call for the public to keep this principle in mind when encountering any situation.(Summary written by Patricia Oakley)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

1h 41m


Chapters

Free Sample

04:55

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

08:38


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:04


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:54


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:08


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:42


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

10:39


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

12:05


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:15


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:23


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:55


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:06


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:36


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:19


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:21


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:05


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:27


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:47


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:08