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Letters to a young mathematician

Author: Ian Stewart
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, ©2006.
Series: Art of mentoring series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Letters to a Young Mathematician tells readers what Ian Stewart wishes he had known when he was a student. He takes up subjects from the philosophical to the practical - what mathematics is and why it's worth doing, the relationship between logic and proof, the role of beauty in mathematical thinking, the future of mathematics, how to deal with the peculiarities of the mathematical community, and many others - in a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Miscellanea
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Stewart
ISBN: 0465082327 9780465082322 0465082319 9780465082315
OCLC Number: 62118399
Description: xii, 210 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: Why do math? --
How I almost became a lawyer --
The breadth of mathematics --
Hasn't it all been done? --
Surrounded by math --
How mathematicians think --
How to learn math --
Fear of proofs --
Can't computers solve everything? --
Mathematical storytelling --
Going for the jugular --
Blockbusters --
Impossible problems --
The career ladder --
Pure or applied? --
Where do you get those crazy ideas? --
How to teach math --
The mathematical community --
Pigs and pickup trucks --
Pleasures and perils of collaboration --
Is God a mathematician?
Series Title: Art of mentoring series.
Responsibility: Ian Stewart.
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From a renowned mathematician and writer comes an insightful and lively exploration of why mathematics matters.  Read more...

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"(This) book's greatest value is its insight into what it is to be a mathematician... His enthusiasm is infectious." The Times "The letter in which Stewart tells Meg how to teach undergraduates Read more...

 
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