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The mathematical tourist : new and updated snapshots of modern mathematics

Author: Ivars Peterson
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Owl Books edView all editions and formats
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"In the first edition of The Mathematical Tourist, renowned science journalist Ivars Peterson took readers on an unforgettable tour through the sometimes bizarre, but always fascinating, landscape of modern mathematics. Now the journey continues in a new, updated edition that includes all the latest information on mathematical proofs, fractals, prime numbers, and chaos, as well as new material on the relationship  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ivars Peterson
ISBN: 0805071598 9780805071597
OCLC Number: 49325508
Notes: "A W.H. Freeman/Owl Book."
Description: xviii, 266 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Explorations. Maps of a different color ; Math lands ; Logging on ; Pure power ; The fivefold way. --
Prime Pursuits. Heads or tails? ; Prime properties ; Hunting for big primes ; Breaking up is hard to do ; Secrets and primes. --
Twists of Space. Fairy-tale tents ; Getting to the surface ; Bites in a doughnut ; Bubbling away ; Knotty problems. --
Shadows From Higher Dimensions. Flatland and beyond ; Shadows and slices ; A global view ; The classification game ; Tangles strings. --
Ants in Labyrinths. The language of nature ; Taming mathematical monsters ; Packing it in ; Fractal excursions ; Sticky stuff. --
The Dragons of Chaos. Steps in time ; The stranger side of squares ; The computer as microscope ; Zeroing in on chaos ; Sudden bursts and quick escapes. --
Life Stories. The game of life ; Going with the flow ; Forest fires, barnacles, and trickling oil ; Travels of an ant ; The gods of sugarscape. --
In Abstract Terrain. Keeping secrets ; Clear thoughts ; Matters of state ; Automatic logic ; The burden of proof.
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