How Mathematicians Think: Using Ambiguity, Contradiction, and Paradox to Create Mathematics
To many outsiders, mathematicians appear to think like computers, grimly grinding away with a strict formal logic and moving methodically--even algorithmically--from one black-and-white deduction to another. Yet mathematicians often describe their most important breakthroughs as creative, intuitive responses to ambiguity, contradiction, and paradox. A unique examination of this less-familiar aspect of mathematics, How Mathematicians Think reveals that mathematics is a profoundly creative activity and not just a body of formalized rules and results.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kukulaj - LibraryThing
Ach, I really wanted to give this five stars. Byers does a great job of showing how ambiguity and paradox are at the core of what mathematics is about. Of course it is also a paradox that mathematics ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - SpaceyAcey - LibraryThing
Uses more words than necessary to explain his ideas. I kind of understand what he's trying to say but not really. I'm sure there is a more eloquent way to convey his ideas. Read full review