Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, 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)

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

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What is Mathematics? The answer to this question differs as our understanding evolves. In school, solving problems based on a formula with lightening speed was Mathematics. Then suddenly it becomes a ... 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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