Mathematics: The Science of Patterns: The Search for Order in Life, Mind and the Universe

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Macmillan, Dec 15, 1996 - Mathematics - 224 pages
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To most people, mathematics means working with numbers. But as Keith Devlin shows in Mathematics: The Science of Patterns, this definition has been out of date for nearly 2,500 years. Mathematicians now see their work as the study of patternsóreal or imagined, visual or mental, arising from the natural world or from within the human mind.

Using this basic definition as his central theme, Devlin explores the patterns of counting, measuring, reasoning, motion, shape, position, and prediction, revealing the powerful influence mathematics has over our perception of reality. Interweaving historical highlights and current developments, and using a minimum of formulas, Devlin celebrates the precision, purity, and elegance of mathematics.
  

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Maybe it's hard to imagine a book on maths as something you would read in your spare time. I did, however, and it was one of the most fascinating and intellectually stimulating books I have ever read ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nick Gotch - Goodreads

Fantastic book on the history and trivia around mathematics as well as a good premise that math is all about finding patterns. So many things I learned from this book. Read full review

Contents

Reasoning and Communicating 3 7
37
Motion and Change
73
Shape
105
Symmetry and Regularity
145
Position
173
Postscript
209
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Keith Devlin is Dean of the School of Science at Saint Mary's College of California and Senior Researcher at Stanford University's Center for the Study of Language and Information. He is the author of Logic and Information, and Mathematics: The New Golden Age and Goodbye, Descartes.

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