Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction

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Oxford University Press, Aug 22, 2002 - Mathematics - 143 pages
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The aim of this book is to explain, carefully but not technically, the differences between advanced, research-level mathematics, and the sort of mathematics we learn at school. The most fundamental differences are philosophical, and readers of this book will emerge with a clearer understanding of paradoxical-sounding concepts such as infinity, curved space, and imaginary numbers. The first few chapters are about general aspects of mathematical thought. These are followed by discussions of more specific topics, and the book closes with a chapter answering common sociological questions about the mathematical community (such as "Is it true that mathematicians burn out at the age of 25?") ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
  

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Review: Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #66)

User Review  - Daniel Wright - Goodreads

Remember: do not ask of a mathematical concept what it is; ask what it does. This is perhaps the most important thing Professor Gowers explains in this absolute joy of a book. He writes with a ... Read full review

Review: Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #66)

User Review  - Can Arel - Goodreads

I wish more people wrote books in this style. The author is not only a great mathematician but he can also explain his thought process. I got many aha moments while reading and they will definitely ... Read full review

Contents

Numbers and abstraction
17
Proofs
35
Limits and infinity
56
Dimension
70
Geometry
86
Estimates and approximations
112
o Some frequently asked questions
126
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Timothy Gowers is Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University and was a recipient of the Fields Medal for Mathematics, awarded for 'the most daring, profound and stimulating research done by young mathhematicians'.

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