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Mathematics : a very short introduction

Author: Timothy Gowers
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
Series: Very short introductions, 66.
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"Mathematics is a subject we are all exposed to in our daily lives, but one which many of us fear. In this introduction, Timothy Gowers elucidates the most fundamental differences, which are primarily philosophical, between advanced mathematics and what we learn at school, so that one emerges with a clearer understanding of such paradoxical-sounding concepts as 'infinity', 'curved space', and 'imaginary numbers'.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Ouvrages de vulgarisation
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Timothy Gowers
ISBN: 0192853619 9780192853615 0199504687 9780199504688
OCLC Number: 49936189
Description: 143 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.
Contents: Models --
Numbers and abstraction --
Proofs --
Limits and infinity --
Dimension --
Geometry --
Estimates and approximations --
Some frequently asked questions.
Series Title: Very short introductions, 66.
Responsibility: Timothy Gowers.
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This book aims to explain, in clear non-technical language,what it is that mathematicians do, and how that differs from and builds on the mathematics that most people are familiar with from school.  Read more...

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a marvellously lucid guide to the beauty and mystery of numbers Gilbert Adair

 
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