About Mathematics

About Mathematics


Gerald R. Rising, James R. Matthews, Eileen Schoaff, Judith Matthew



Mathematics is an essential component of the educated mind. It has two important roles to play: as queen of the sciences (providing the logical structure that holds science together) and as handmaiden to those sciences (carrying out the computations that apply scientific concepts.) Unfortunately, a gulf exists between science and the humanities and our text, About Mathematics, seeks to bridge that gap, to serve humanities students just as humanities texts are offered to inform science students. In doing so, unlike most math texts, we avoid the usual focus on detailed technique to expose instead some of the important concepts and values of mathematics.