Letters to a Young Mathematician

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Basic Books, 1.8.2007 - 224 sivua
The first scientific entry in the acclaimed Art of Mentoring series from Basic Books, Letters to a Young Mathematician tells readers what Ian Stewart wishes he had known when he was a student and young faculty member. 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 -- are dealt with in Stewart's much-admired style, which combines subtle, easygoing humor with a talent for cutting to the heart of the matter. In the tradition of G.H. Hardy's classic A Mathematician's Apology, this book is sure to be a perennial favorite with students at all levels, as well as with other readers who are curious about the frequently incomprehensible world of mathematics.
 

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Käyttäjän arvio  - mapalumbo - LibraryThing

Searching for a reflective memoir, I perused Ian Stewart’s Letter’s to a Young Mathematician and found some great advice. Stewart writes letters of advice to a fictional “Meg” as she journeys from ... Lue koko arvostelu

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Short. Informative. The format of quick letters to a student limits the depth and type of information imparted. Since it is meant as information to a general reader, you can't expect too much truly ... Lue koko arvostelu

Sisältö

1 Why Do Math? 1
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2 How I Almost Became a Lawyer 11
11
3 The Breadth of Mathematics 18
18
4 Hasnt It All Been Done? 33
33
5 Surrounded by Math 45
45
6 How Mathematicians Think 53
53
7 How to Learn Math 62
62
8 Fear of Proofs 71
71
13 Impossible Problems 110
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14 The Career Ladder 122
122
15 Pure or Applied? 131
131
16 Where Do You Get Those Crazy Ideas? 147
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17 How to Teach Math 157
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18 The Mathematical Community 168
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19 Pigs and Pickup Trucks 178
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20 Pleasures and Perils of Collaboration 188
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9 Cant Computers Solve Everything? 82
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10 Mathematical Storytelling 87
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11 Going for the Jugular 95
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12 Blockbusters 103
103
21 Is God a Mathematician? 196
196
Notes and References 205
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Sivu ix - It is a melancholy experience for a professional mathematician to find himself writing about mathematics. The function of a mathematician is to do something, to prove new theorems, to add to mathematics, and not to talk about what he or other mathematicians have done.

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Ian Stewart is emeritus professor of mathematics at the University of Warwick. His recent books include Calculating the Cosmos, Significant Figures, In Pursuit of the Unknown, and Professor Stewart's Hoard of Mathematical Treasures. He is a fellow of the Royal Society. He lives in Coventry, UK.

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