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An Introduction to Mathematics - AN Whitehead, OUP 1958, famous previous owner
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Description

• Title: An Introduction to Mathematics
• Author: AN Whitehead
• Publisher: Oxford University Press
• Edition: 1958
• Pages: 191
• Dimensions: 11.5 x 17cm
• ISBN: n/a
• EAN: n/a

One of the towering intellects of the late 18th and first half of the 20th Century, mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead graduated from Trinity at Cambridge where he became senior lecture in mathematics, then resigned his position to move to London where he was employed by first UCL and then Imperial before emigrating in 1924 to join the faculty at Harvard, Cambridge MA, where he died in 1947. Along the way, he worked with many other greats including his former student Bertrand Russell.

As one would expect, the majority of his work is aimed at world class professional mathematicians, with the one exception being this - An Introduction To Mathematics, which he aimed to explain the nature and internal structure of mathematics and the interrelatedness of its many different branches and applicability to the natural world in terms which anyone with a basic education in the subject could understand. The fact that it was still in print a century after first publication suggests he made a good job of it.

This hardback edition was published in 1958 and, despite a few minor faults, remains in excellent condition. It retains its dust jacket which has a few scuffs and small tears but is in highly acceptable condition; below it, the cloth-bound hardcovers are in excellent, unmarked condition. The spine is in superb shape and the binding is tight, so there are no loose or missing pages, and with the exception of some details written into the first flyleaves there is no annotation.

Back to that first fly leaf...the details read "Gillian Bliss, Oxford, Trinity 1959". Bliss would become famous under her married name Jill Paton Walsh as the author of numerous books including the Booker-nominated Knowledge of Angels, and received a CBE for her services to literature. She would later divorce and, at the age of 67, remarry; after her second husband's death she began a third marriage, this time to the peer and journalist Nicholas Herbert - and thus, only a few months before her death in 2020, became Baroness Hemingford.

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