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Mathematics without apologies : portrait of a problematic vocation

Author: Michael Harris
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"What do pure mathematicians do, and why do they do it? Looking beyond the conventional answers--for the sake of truth, beauty, and practical applications--this book offers an eclectic panorama of the lives and values and hopes and fears of mathematicians in the twenty-first century, assembling material from a startlingly diverse assortment of scholarly, journalistic, and pop culture sources. Drawing on his personal  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Harris
ISBN: 9780691175836 0691175837
OCLC Number: 994748903
Awards: Short-listed for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2015
Description: 438 pàgines : il·lustracions, gràfics ; 24 cm
Contents: Conté: 36811. Introduction: The Veil --
2. How I Acquired Charisma --
3. Not Merely Good, True, and Beautiful --
4. Megaloprepeia --
5. An Automorphic Reading of Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day (Interrupted by Elliptical Reflections on Mason & Dixon) --
6. Further Investigations of the Mind-Body Problem --
7. The Habit of Clinging to an Ultimate Ground --
8. The Science of Tricks --
9. A Mathematical Dream and Its Interpretation --
10. No Apologies.
Responsibility: Michael Harris.

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