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Document Type: | Book |
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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. |

Responsibility: | Mircea Pitici, editor. |

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"[Pitici] has put together a mathematics anthology gleaned from articles published in 2009 in a range of popular and scholarly sources. The collection is quite international in scope... This collection is more than just a set of reprints; the assembly from diverse and, in some cases, not easily accessible publications and the arrangement add value to this work."--Library Journal "Imagine for a moment that you had a friend who was a voracious reader of Math journals and periodicals. And, imagine that this friend had a knack for finding articles that were of interest to mathematicians and non-mathematicians alike by well-known writers and by new talent. Would you be interested in reading a few dozen of these articles? Mircea Pitici, editor of The Best Writing on Mathematics 2010 is such a friend, even if you've never met him... A nice set of stimulating articles that appeal to a wide audience."--Sol Lederman, Wild About Math! "As a mathematician engrossed in my own area ... I've been delighted to have this book in my house. One inevitably will not agree with every choice of work for inclusion, but it would be a dull book if it simply presented us with what we like. What is important is that it is varied and balanced, and contains the odd surprise."--Charles Eaton, LMS Newsletter "Mircea Pitici has succeeded in putting together a wonderful and varied bouquet of texts related to mathematics... I highly recommend this book to everyone with an interest in mathematics, whether they are professional mathematician, graduate or undergraduate students, teachers, or enthusiastic amateurs."--Stephen Buckley, Irish Math Society Bulletin "I would highly recommend this book as a good read to anyone with an interest in mathematics. Whether a professional mathematician, university or sixth form student, teacher, or recreational mathematician, there will be something there for you."--Steve Humble, Mathematics Today "I recommend this book to Gazette readers as enjoyable bedside reading."--Phill Schultz, Australian Math Society Gazette "[The Best Writing on Mathematics 2014] contributors are a fascinating and diverse bunch... [The] series should be lauded for Mercia Pitici's role as editor in not just selecting these essays but also their order and flow."-- Robert Schaefer, New York Journal of Books Read more...

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