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Genre/Form: | History |
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Document Type: | Book |
All Authors / Contributors: |
K Truemper |
ISBN: | 0966355431 9780966355437 |
OCLC Number: | 1010778283 |
Description: | 293 pages : illustrations, portraits (chiefly color) ; 23 cm |
Contents: | Numbers -- Notation -- Infinity -- Six problems of antiquity -- Proof -- Computing machines -- Question : creation or discovery? -- Wittgenstein's philosophy -- Language games of history -- Effectiveness of mathematics -- Life without mathematics -- Brain science -- Creation of mathematics. |
Responsibility: | Klaus Truemper. |
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The Construction of Mathematics - Two Thumbs, Way Up!
I am an undergraduate student studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas. I recently came across the book, The Construction of Mathematics: The Human Minds Greatest Achievement,...
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I am an undergraduate student studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas. I recently came across the book, The Construction of Mathematics: The Human Minds Greatest Achievement, in the faculty section of the McDermott Library, and I can easily say it's the best book I've read all year, and it has become one of my all time favorites.
The simplicity with which Dr. Truemper describes complex notions in mathematics is beautiful. In each chapter I found myself drawing deep connections among mathematical ideas that I’ve struggled to understand throughout my education. Many of these connections make topics that were once confounding seem trivial.
I especially enjoyed Chapter Four, wherein Dr. Truemper sheds light on the notion of infinity and how it expands math beyond the physical constraints of the "real" world around us. Dr. Truemper's description of the development of Calculus from Leibniz and Newton is great, along with his follow up showing how Cauchy and others took these ideas beyond an explanation of nature with their development of the continuity of functions. Dr. Truemper gives the reader real insight into how one can deal with functions and solve problems at the forefront of math and science. His chapter explaining the origins of the notion of infinity should become a part of every undergraduate course taught on Calculus and Engineering Math!
Thank you, Dr. Truemper, for this wonderful work of art. It’s a true masterpiece.
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