Mathematics: The New Golden Age

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Columbia University Press, 1999 - Mathematics - 320 pages
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A modern classic by an accomplished mathematician and best-selling author has been updated to encompass and explain the recent headline-making advances in the field in non-technical terms.
  

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Contents

Prime Numbers Factoring and Secret Codes
1
Sets Infinity and the Undecidable
37
Number Systems and the Class Number Problem
61
Beauty from Chaos
85
Simple Groups
127
Hilberts Tenth Problem
143
The FourColor Problem
163
Hard Problems About Complex Numbers
193
Knots Topology and the Universe
223
Fermats Last Theorem
263
The Efficiency of Algorithms
291
Index
311
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About the author (1999)

Born in England in 1947 and living in America since 1987, Keith Devlin has written more than 20 books and numerous research articles on various elements of mathematics. From 1983 to 1989, he wrote a column on for the Manchester (England) Guardian. The collected columns are published in All the Math That's Fit to Print (1994) and cover a wide range of topics from calculating travel expenses to calculating pi. His book Logic and Information (1991) is an introduction to situation theory and situation semantics for mathematicians. Co-author of the PBS Nova episode "A Mathematical Mystery Tour," he is also the author of Devlin's Angle, a column on the Mathematical Association of America's electronic journal. Devlin lives in California, where he is dean of the school of science at Saint Mary's College in Morgana. He is currently studying the use of mathematics to analyze communication and information flow in the workplace.

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