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Mathematics
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 180

Mathematics

Mathematics is a subject we are all exposed to in our daily lives, but one that many of us fear. Timothy Gowers’s entertaining overview of the topic explains the differences between what we learn at school and advanced mathematics, and helps the math phobic emerge with a clearer understanding of such paradoxical-sounding concepts as “infinity,” “curved space,” and “imaginary numbers.” From basic ideas to philosophical queries to common sociological questions about the mathematical community, this book unravels the mysteries of space and numbers.

Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 143

Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction

This book aims to explain, in clear non-technical language,what it is that mathematicians do, and how that differs from and builds on the mathematics that most people are familiar with from school. It is the ideal introduction for anyone who wishes to deepen their understanding of mathematics.

Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 160

Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2002-08-22
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  • Publisher: OUP Oxford

The aim of this book is to explain, carefully but not technically, the differences between advanced, research-level mathematics, and the sort of mathematics we learn at school. The most fundamental differences are philosophical, and readers of this book will emerge with a clearer understanding of paradoxical-sounding concepts such as infinity, curved space, and imaginary numbers. The first few chapters are about general aspects of mathematical thought. These are followed by discussions of more specific topics, and the book closes with a chapter answering common sociological questions about the mathematical community (such as "Is it true that mathematicians burn out at the age of 25?") ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

The Princeton Companion to Mathematics
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 1056

The Princeton Companion to Mathematics

This is a one-of-a-kind reference for anyone with a serious interest in mathematics. Edited by Timothy Gowers, a recipient of the Fields Medal, it presents nearly two hundred entries, written especially for this book by some of the world's leading mathematicians, that introduce basic mathematical tools and vocabulary; trace the development of modern mathematics; explain essential terms and concepts; examine core ideas in major areas of mathematics; describe the achievements of scores of famous mathematicians; explore the impact of mathematics on other disciplines such as biology, finance, and music--and much, much more. Unparalleled in its depth of coverage, The Princeton Companion to Mathem...

The Importance of Mathematics
  • Language: en

The Importance of Mathematics

A video presentation of the CMI, its culture and the people behind it. Also discussed are the "Millennium Prize Problems", seven mathematical problems that have resisted solution.

MATEMATICA - UMA BREVE INTRODUÇAO
  • Language: pt
  • Pages: 176

MATEMATICA - UMA BREVE INTRODUÇAO

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2008-08-31
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  • Publisher: Unknown

A matemática é algo a que todos estamos expostos nas nossas vidas quotidianas, mas que muitos temem Nesta introdução eminentemente acessível e divertida, Timothy Gowers explica as diferenças fundamentais, essencialmente filosóficas, entre a matemática avançada e aquela que aprendemos na escola Ao fazê-lo, proporciona-nos uma compreensão clara de conceitos só aparentemente paradoxais, como «infinito», «espaço curvo» e «números imaginários» De ideias básicas a questões sociológicas sobre a comunidade matemática, passando por explorações filosóficas, este livro esclarece de forma cativante alguns mistérios do espaço e dos números

The Princeton Companion to Applied Mathematics
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 1016

The Princeton Companion to Applied Mathematics

This is the most authoritative and accessible single-volume reference book on applied mathematics. Featuring numerous entries by leading experts and organized thematically, it introduces readers to applied mathematics and its uses; explains key concepts; describes important equations, laws, and functions; looks at exciting areas of research; covers modeling and simulation; explores areas of application; and more. Modeled on the popular Princeton Companion to Mathematics, this volume is an indispensable resource for undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and practitioners in other disciplines seeking a user-friendly reference book on applied mathematics. Features nearly 200 entries...

Mathematicians
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 208

Mathematicians

Mathematicians is a remarkable collection of ninety-two photographic portraits, featuring some of the most amazing mathematicians of our time. Acclaimed photographer Mariana Cook captures the exuberant and colorful personalities of these brilliant thinkers and the superb images are accompanied by brief autobiographical texts written by each mathematician. Together, the photographs and words illuminate a diverse group of men and women dedicated to the absorbing pursuit of mathematics. The compelling black-and-white portraits introduce readers to mathematicians who are young and old, fathers and daughters, and husbands and wives. They include Fields Medal winners, those at the beginning of maj...

The Best Writing on Mathematics 2010
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 407

The Best Writing on Mathematics 2010

This anthology brings together the year's finest writing on mathematics from around the world. Featuring promising new voices alongside some of the foremost names in mathematics, The Best Writing on Mathematics makes available to a wide audience many articles not easily found anywhere else--and you don't need to be a mathematician to enjoy them. These writings offer surprising insights into the nature, meaning, and practice of mathematics today. They delve into the history, philosophy, teaching, and everyday occurrences of math, and take readers behind the scenes of today's hottest mathematical debates. Here readers will discover why Freeman Dyson thinks some mathematicians are birds while o...

Mathematics for the Nonmathematician
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 672

Mathematics for the Nonmathematician

Erudite and entertaining overview follows development of mathematics from ancient Greeks to present. Topics include logic and mathematics, the fundamental concept, differential calculus, probability theory, much more. Exercises and problems.