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Document Type: | Book |
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All Authors / Contributors: |
Mircea Pitici |

ISBN: | 9780691175294 0691175292 |

OCLC Number: | 958799818 |

Description: | xxii, 377 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm |

Contents: | Introduction / Mircea Pitici -- Mathematics and teaching / Hyman Bass -- In defense of pure mathematics / Daniel S. Silver -- G.H. Hardy: mathematical biologist / Hannah Elizabeth Christenson and Stephan Ramon Garcia -- The reasonable ineffectiveness of mathematics / Derek Abbott -- Stacking wine bottles revisited / Burkard Polster -- The way the billiard ball bounces / Joshua Bowman -- The intersection game / Burkhard Polster -- Tonight! Epic math battles: counting vs. matching / Jennifer J. Quinn -- Mathematicians chase moonshine's shadow / Erica Klarreich -- The impenetrable proof / Davide Castelvecchi -- A proof that some spaces can't be cut / Kevin Hartnett -- Einstein's first proof / Steven Strogatz -- Why string theory still offers hope we can unify physics / Brian Greene -- The pioneering role of the Sierpinski Gasket / Tanya Khovanova, Eric Nie, and Alok Puranik -- Fractals as photographs / Marc Frantz -- Math at the Met / Joseph Dauben and Marjorie Senechal -- Common sense about the common core / Alan H. Schoenfeld -- Explaining your math: unnecessary at best, encumbering at worst / Katharine Beals and Barry Garelick -- Teaching applied mathematics / David Acheson, Peter R. Turner, Gilbert Strang, and Rachel Levy -- Circular reasoning: who first proved that C divided by d is a constant? / David Richeson -- A medieval mystery : Nicole Oresme's concept of curvitas / Isabel M. Serrano and Bogdan D. Suceavă -- The myth of Leibniz's proof of the fundamental theorem of calculus / Viktor Blåsjö -- The spirograph and mathematical models from Nineteenth-Century Germany / Amy Shell-Gellasch -- What does "depth" mean in mathematics? / John Stillwell -- Finding errors in big data / Marco Puts, Piet Daas, and Ton De Waal -- Programs and probability / Brian Hayes -- Lottery perception / Jorge Almeida -- Why acknowledging uncertainty can make you a better scientist / Andrew Gelman -- For want of a nail: why unnecessarily long tests may be impeding the progress of western civilization / Howard Wainer and Richard Feinberg -- How to write a general interest mathematics book / Ian Stewart. |

Responsibility: | Mircea Pitici, editor. |

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"[O]ne of my favorite series of books, an annual compilation of high-quality mathematical writing combined with a valuable list of additional resources prepared by the editor."--Mark Hunacek, MAA Reviews "Mircea Pitici's yearly Best Writing on Mathematics volume is a great reminder of just how much accessible math there is! ... Every year I end up saying 'this year's edition [of Pitici's effort] seems like the best one yet.' And so it does... [The Best Writing on Mathematics 2016] is beautifully-produced... As always, Pitici is impressive with the eclectic diversity of his choices for inclusion... I'm already anxious for [Pitici's] 2017 edition!"--Math Tango blog Praise for previous editions: "A volume of unexpectedly fascinating mathematical research, musings, and studies that explore subjects from art to medicine... [R]eaders from many disciplines will find much to pique their interest."--Publishers Weekly Praise for previous editions: "Entertaining and informative."--Ian D. Gordon, Library Journal Praise for previous editions: "Wonderful... [C]annot be recommended highly enough!"--Robert Schaefer, New York Journal of Books Praise for previous editions: "A wonderful and varied bouquet of texts... I highly recommend this book to everyone with an interest in mathematics."--Stephen Buckley, Irish Mathematical Society Bulletin Read more...

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