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Mathematics Sampler Topics for the Liberal Arts

ISBN-10: 0742502023
ISBN-13: 9780742502024
Edition: 5th 2001 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $80.00
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/10/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 664
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 3.652
Language: English

Now in its fifth edition, A Mathematics Sampler presents mathematics as both science and art, focusing on the historical role of mathematics in our culture. It uses selected topics from modern mathematics—including computers, perfect numbers, and four-dimensional geometry—to exemplify the distinctive features of mathematics as an intellectual endeavor, a problem-solving tool, and a way of thinking about the rapidly changing world in which we live. A Mathematics Sampler also includes unique LINK sections throughout the book, each of which connects mathematical concepts with areas of interest throughout the humanities. The original course on which this text is based was cited as an innovative approach to liberal arts mathematics in Lynne Cheney's report, "50 HOURS: A Core Curriculum for College Students", published by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Preface
To the Student
Problems and Solutionsp. 1
Mathematics of Patterns: Number Theoryp. 19
Mathematics of Axiom Systems: Geometriesp. 67
Mathematics of Chance: Probability and Statisticsp. 129
Mathematics of Infinity: Cantor's Theory of Setsp. 233
Mathematics of Symmetry: Finite Groupsp. 284
Mathematics of Space and Time: Four-Dimensional Geometryp. 341
Mathematics of Connection: Graph Theoryp. 407
Mathematics of Machines: Computer Algorithmsp. 455
App.: Basic Logicp. 525
A Brief History of Mathematicsp. 545
Literacy in the Language of Mathematicsp. 591
Answers to Most Odd-numbered Exercises
Index
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

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