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    Best Writing on Mathematics 2012

    ISBN-10: 0691156557
    ISBN-13: 9780691156552
    Edition: 2013
    Description: This annual anthology brings together the year's finest mathematics writing from around the world. Featuring promising new voices alongside some of the foremost names in the field,The Best Writing on Mathematics 2012makes available to a wide  More...
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    Copyright Year: 2013
    Publisher: Princeton University Press
    Publication Date: 11/11/2012
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 320
    Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
    Weight: 0.682
    Language: English

    This annual anthology brings together the year's finest mathematics writing from around the world. Featuring promising new voices alongside some of the foremost names in the field,The Best Writing on Mathematics 2012makes available to a wide audience many articles not easily found anywhere else--and you don't need to be a mathematician to enjoy them. These writings offer surprising insights into the nature, meaning, and practice of mathematics today. They delve into the history, philosophy, teaching, and everyday occurrences of math, and take readers behind the scenes of today's hottest mathematical debates. Here Robert Lang explains mathematical aspects of origami foldings; Terence Tao discusses the frequency and distribution of the prime numbers; Timothy Gowers and Mario Livio ponder whether mathematics is invented or discovered; Brian Hayes describes what is special about a ball in five dimensions; Mark Colyvan glosses on the mathematics of dating; and much, much more.In addition to presenting the year's most memorable writings on mathematics, this must-have anthology includes a foreword by esteemed mathematician David Mumford and an introduction by the editor Mircea Pitici. This book belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in where math has taken us--and where it is headed.

    Mircea Pitici teaches mathematics and writing at Cornell University, where he is a PhD candidate in math education. He has edited "The Best Writing on Mathematics" since 2010.

    Foreword: The Synergy of Pure and Applied Mathematics, of the Abstract and the Concrete
    Introduction
    Why Math Works
    Is Mathematics Discovered or Invented?
    The Unplanned Impact of Mathematics
    An Adventure in the Nth Dimension
    Structure and Randomness in the Prime Numbers
    The Strangest Numbers in String Theory
    Mathematics Meets Photography: The Viewable Sphere
    Dancing Mathematics and the Mathematics of Dance
    Can One Hear the Sound of a Theorem?
    Flat-Unfoldability and Woven Origami Tessellations
    A Continuous Path from High School Calculus to University Analysis
    Mathematics Teachers' Subtle, Complex Disciplinary Knowledge
    How to Be a Good Teacher Is an Undecidable Problem
    How Your Philosophy of Mathematics Impacts Your Teaching
    Variables in Mathematics Education
    Bottom Line on Mathematics Education
    History of Mathematics and History of Science Reunited?
    Augustus De Morgan behind the Scenes
    Routing Problems: A Historical Perspective
    The Cycloid and Jean Bernoulli
    Was Cantor Surprised?
    Why Is There Philosophy of Mathematics at All?
    Ultimate Logic: To Infinity and Beyond
    Mating, Dating, and Mathematics: It's All in the Game
    Contributors
    Notable Texts
    Acknowledgments
    Credits

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