The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics

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OUP Oxford, Apr 23, 2009 - Mathematics - 510 pages
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Authoritative and reliable, this A-Z provides jargon-free definitions for even the most technical mathematical terms. With 3,000 entries ranging from Achilles paradox to zero matrix, it covers all commonly encountered terms and concepts from pure and applied mathematics and statistics, for example, linear algebra, optimisation, nonlinear equations, and differential equations. In addition, there are entries on major mathematicians and on topics of more general interest, such as fractals, game theory, and chaos. Using graphs, diagrams, and charts to render definitions as comprehensible as possible, entries are clear and accessible and offer an ideal introduction to the subject. Useful appendices follow the A-Z dictionary and include lists of Nobel Prize winners and Fields' medallists, Greek letters, formulae, and - new to this edition - tables of inequalities, moments of inertia, Roman numerals, and more. This edition contains recommended web links at entry level, which are accessible and kept up to date via the Dictionary of Mathematics companion website. Fully revised and updated in line with curriculum and degree requirements this dictionary is indispensable for students and teachers of mathematics, and for anyone encountering mathematics in the workplace.

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James Nicholson has taught at Harrow School and was Head of Mathematics at Belfast Royal Academy. He is involved with many mathematical and statistical professional associations and has a particular interest in education. He has had seven articles published, and currently holds a bursary from the Teaching Statistics Trust to support a classroom-based research project. He is the co-author of Statistics GCSE for AQA (OUP, 2001).
Christopher Clapham was until 1993 Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Aberdeen and has also taught at universities in Nigeria, Lesotho, and Malawi. He is the author of Introduction to Abstract Algebra and Introduction to Mathematical Analysis. He lives in Exeter.

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