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The best writing on mathematics, 2013

Author: Mircea Pitici
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This annual anthology brings together the year's finest mathematics writing from around the world. Among others, Philip Davis offers a panoramic view of mathematics in contemporary society; Terence Tao discusses aspects of universal mathematical laws in complex systems; Ian Stewart explains how in mathematics everything arises out of nothing; Erin Maloney and Sian Beilock consider the mathematical anxiety  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mircea Pitici
ISBN: 9780691160412 0691160414
OCLC Number: 861357622
Description: xxvi, 244 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Foreword / Roger Penrose --
Introduction / Mircea Pitici --
The prospects for mathematics in a multimedia civilization / Philip J. Davis --
Fearful symmetry / Ian Stewart --
E pluribus unum : from complexity, universality / Terence Tao --
Degrees of separation / Gregory Goth --
Randomness / Charles Seife --
Randomness in music / Donald E. Knuth --
Playing the odds / Soren Johnson --
Machines of the infinite / John Pavlus --
Bridges, string art, and Bézier curves / Renan Gross --
Slicing a cone for art and science / Daniel S. Silver --
High fashion meets higher mathematics / Kelly Delp --
The Jordan curve theorem is nontrivial / Fiona Ross and William T. Ross --
Why mathematics? What mathematics? / Anna Sfard --
Math anxiety : who has it, why it develops, and how to guard against it / Erin A. Maloney and Sian L. Beilock --
How old are the platonic solids? / David R. Lloyd --
Early modern mathematical instruments / Jim Bennett --
A revolution in mathematics? What really happened a century ago and why it matters today / Frank Quinn --
Errors of probability in historical context / Prakash Gorroochurn --
The end of probability / Elie Ayache --
An abc proof too tough even for mathematicians / Kevin Hartnett.
Responsibility: Mircea Pitici, editor ; foreword by Roger Penrose.

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