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Genre/Form: | Popular works |
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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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## Reviews

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"A marvelous selection of papers about mathematics written by the best... Highly recommended to all with a broad interest in science, history, art, education, philosophy ... which is almost anybody."--A. Bultheel, European Mathematical Society Reviews "In addition to presenting the year's most memorable writings on mathematics, this must-have anthology includes a foreword by esteemed physicist and mathematician Freeman Dyson. This book belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in where math has taken us--and where it is headed."--World Book Industry "These selections provide a sampling of the state of the art through topics ranging from math anxiety to modern applications to the history of mathematics. With great emphasis on the interactions of mathematics with modern civilization, the arts, and philosophy, these articles can be a source of intellectual stimulation for educated lay readers and will provide, for working mathematicians or scientists, exposure to parts of the subject outside of their research range... A well-chosen collection supplemented by an outstanding bibliography of suggested further reading."--Harold D. Shane, Library Journal "[T]his is a marvelous selection of papers about mathematics written by the best. They do not draw the reader into the mathematical jargon that is only of interest to the mathematical literate. In fact practically no mathematics is needed and formulas are almost completely absent. It is the best possible way of communicating mathematics to the non-mathematician and even the ones suffering from mathematical anxiety will enjoy reading the booklet. Of course this is only a relatively small selection but for the reader longing for more, Pitici gives in his introduction an even longer list of books, papers, websites and blogs that are equally worth reading. Pitici did once more an excellent job, and the result is highly recommended to all with a broad interest in science, history, art, education, philosophy ... which is almost anybody."--A. Bultheel, European Mathematical Society "The list of titles of the essays reprinted in this volume would be almost enough to persuade many people that they will enjoy reading it, and indeed that they could profitably put it in front of anyone who wants to know what mathematics is about. It's a partial and selective picture, of course, but it's fresh, varied, and as its title might suggest, well written."--Jeremy Gray, LMS Newsletter "Most of the articles presented here are entertaining and enlightening, and the book should be recommended to everyone interested in mathematics."--Zentralblatt MATH Praise for Princeton's previous editions: "A wonderful and varied bouquet of texts... I highly recommend this book to everyone with an interest in mathematics."--Stephen Buckley, Irish Mathematical Society Bulletin Read more...

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