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The best writing on mathematics 2010

Author: Mircea Pitici
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2011.
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An anthology of the year's finest writing on mathematics from around the world, featuring promising new voices as well as some of the foremost names in mathematics.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mircea Pitici
ISBN: 9780691148410 0691148414
OCLC Number: 587249142
Description: xxviii, 407 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Mathematics alive. The role of the untrue in mathematics / Chandler Davis ; Desperately seeking mathematical proof / Melvyn B. Nathanson ; An enduring error / Branko Grünbaum ; What is experimental mathematics? / Keith Devlin ; What is information-based complexity? / Henryk Woz̓niakowski ; What is financial mathematics? / Tim Johnson ; If mathematics is a language, how do you swear in it? /David Wagner --
Mathematicians and the practice of mathematics. Birds and frogs / Freeman Dyson ; Mathematics is no a game but--
/ Robert Thomas ; Massively collaborative mathematics / Timothy Gowers and Michael Nielsen ; Bridging the two cultures: Paul Valéry ; Philip J. Davis ; A hidden praise of mathematics / Alicia Dickenstein --
Mathematics and its applications. Mathematics and the internet: a source of enormous confusion and great potential / Walter Willinger, David L. Alderson, and John C. Doyle ; The higher arithmetic: how to count to a zillion without falling off the end of the number line / Brian Hayes ; Knowing when to stop: how to gamble if you must--the mathematics of optimal stopping / Theodore P. Hill ; Homology: an idea whose time has come / Barry A. Cipra --
Mathematics education. Adolescent learning and secondary mathematics / Anne Watson ; Accommodations of learning disabilities in mathematics courses / Kathleen Ambruso Acker, Mary W. Gray, and Behzad Jalali ; Audience, style and criticism / David Pimm and Nathalie Sinclair ; Aesthetics as a liberating force in mathematics education? / Nathalie Sinclair ; Mathematics textbooks and their potential role in supporting misconceptions / Ann Kajander and Miroslav Lovric ; Exploring curvature with paper models / Howard. T. Iseri ; Intuitive vs analytical thinking: four perspectives / Uri Leron and Orit Hazzan --
History and philosophy of mathematics. Why did Lagrange "Prove"the parallel postulate? / Judith V. Grabiner ; Kronecker's algorithmic mathematics / Harold M. Edwards ; Indiscrete variations on Gian-Carlo Rota's themes / Carlo Cellucci ; Circle packing: a personal reminiscence / Philip L. Bowers ; Applying inconsistent mathematics / Mark Colyvan ; Why do we believe theorems? / Andrzej Pelc --
Mathematics in the media. Mathematicians solve 45-year-old Kervaire invariant puzzle / Erica Klarreich ; Darwin: the reluctant mathematician / Julie Rehmeyer ; Loves me, loves me not (do the math) / Steven Strogatz ; The mysterious equilibrium of zombies and other things mathematicians see at the movies / Samuel Arbesman ; Strength in numbers: on mathematics and musical rhythm / Vijay Iyer ; Math-hattan / Mick Paumgarten.
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