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The moment of proof : mathematical epiphanies

Author: Donald C Benson
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
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"In The Moment of Proof, Donald Benson attempts to convey to general readers the feeling of eureka - the joy of discoverythat mathematicians feel when they first encounter an elegant proof."--BOOK JACKET. "This is not an introduction to mathematics so much as an introduction to the pleasures of mathematical thinking. The book is packed with intriguing conundrums - Loyd's Fifteen Puzzle, the Petersburg Paradox, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Donald C Benson
ISBN: 0195117212 9780195117219 0195139194 9780195139198
OCLC Number: 38144424
Awards: Association of American Publishers PROSE Award,1999.
Description: 331 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 11. Chance Encounter --
III. Balancing. 12. Cutouts. 13. Seesaw, Marjorie Daw. 14. Two Pearls --
IV. Numbering. 15. New Numbers for Old. 16. Prime News. 17. The Unknown Division. 18. Secret Messages --
V. Winning. 19. Be Wise, Optimize. 20. The Play's the Thing. I. Recalling. 1. Reflections. 2. Hand in Hand. 3. Further Progression --
II. Counting. 4. Interesting Numbers. 5. Tenpins, and Counting. 6. Order and Reorder. 7. Outcast. 8. The Power of Two. 9. Divide and Conquer. 10. Set and. Match.
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In The Moment of Proof, Benson attempts to convey to general readers the feeling of Eureka, the joy of discovery that mathematicians feel when they first encounter an elegant proof. The book is  Read more...

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I recommend it to teachers and lecturers and as an inexpensive addition to libraries in schools, colleges and teacher training institutions. * The Mathematical Gazette *

 
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