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Introduction

  • Georg GlaeserEmail author
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Abstract

Mathematics is “the science of numbers, quantities, and shapes and the relations between them”. Its history dates back almost three millennia – indeed, many insights found in this book have been known for centuries. The driving force behind the development of mathematics may be found in human nature: As a species, we seem to be uniquely interested in finding rational explanations for regular or repetitive phenomena in order to predict them.

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© Springer International Publishing AG 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeometryUniversity of Applied Arts ViennaViennaAustria

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