Letters to a Young MathematicianThe 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 practicalwhat 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 othersare dealt with in Stewart's muchadmired 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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Review: Letters to a Young Mathematician
User Review  Ron Joniak  GoodreadsLovely read to prepare the early mathematician for the future. Unfortunately, this book suffers from lack of deep insight and is often very vague. Meg is indeed, not real. Read full review
Review: Letters to a Young Mathematician
User Review  Mark  GoodreadsIan Stewart spoke the truth, and made me remember some of the academic life. More math would have been more fun, but it was a great read. Read full review