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By Charles Dickens

Tough occasions is Dickens's shortest novel, and arguably his maximum triumph. an invaluable appendix of the author's operating notes, including an enlightening creation and entire explanatory notes, will make sure that this version turns into the most obvious selection for somebody learning the radical.

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All rights reserved. S. or applicable copyright law. 40 Benjamin Wardhaugh Thus one function of these accounts could be to present ideas about the nature of mathematics in an accessible fashion: mathematical history could be made to express the view that mathematics was godly, that it was a mark of virtue, or that it was simply a mark of one’s common humanity. Readers Another function of these histories was apparently to engage and to enthuse the intended readers of the works – often arithmetic primers – in which they appeared.

Lang. All rights reserved. S. or applicable copyright law. 5 Like Hutton, Malcolm (1685–1763, ‘Teacher of the Mathematicks at Aberdeen’) was willing to speculate on the very earliest rise of arithmetic in human societies, and like Hutton he seems to have found it dif ficult to conceive of a society worthy of the name that lacked it altogether. And he shared with Hutton the belief that ‘commerce’ was the key driver of the first rise of arithmetic. The Phœnicians make an appearance here: But where, and by whom, Arithmetick received its first Form of an Art or Science, we know little about it.

P. Lang. All rights reserved. S. or applicable copyright law. 16 Despite this agreement, however, there was dif ference of opinion over how Newton reached his mastery, ref lecting then-current debates over the nature of scientific genius, ideas about the role of mathematics, and the desire to reveal or hide Newton’s debt to others. In many biographies there was a tendency to underscore Newton’s remarkable abilities by suggesting that they were largely innate or selftaught, and that he could achieve great feats with remarkable ease.

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