Letters to a Young Mathematician

ISBN-10: 0465082327
ISBN-13: 9780465082322
Edition: 2007
Authors: Ian Stewart
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Description: Mathematician Ian Stewart tells readers what he wishes he had known when he was a student. He takes up subjects ranging from the philosophical to the practical--what mathematics is and why it's worth doing, the relationship between logic and proof,  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 3/27/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 4.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Mathematician Ian Stewart tells readers what he wishes he had known when he was a student. He takes up subjects ranging from the philosophical to the practical--what mathematics is and why it's worth doing, the relationship between logic and proof, the role of beauty in mathematical thinking, the future of mathematics, how to deal with the peculiarities of the mathematical community, and many others.

Preface
Why Do Math?
How I Almost Became a Lawyer
The Breadth of Mathematics
Hasn't It All Been Done?
Surrounded by Math
How Mathematicians Think
How to Learn Math
Fear of Proofs
Can't Computers Solve Everything?
Mathematical Storytelling
Going for the Jugular
Blockbusters
Impossible Problems
The Career Ladder
Pure or Applied?
Where Do You Get Those Crazy Ideas?
How to Teach Math
The Mathematical Community
Pigs and Pickup Trucks
Pleasures and Perils of Collaboration
Is God a Mathematician?
Notes and References

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