A Mathematical Mosaic: Patterns & Problem Solving

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Brendan Kelly Pub., 2008 - Mathematics - 288 pages
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Ravi Vakil, described in the San Francisco Chronicle as “a legend in the world of math competitions” has finally released his long-awaited second edition of A Mathematical Mosaic: Patterns & Problem Solving. Regarded by many as a seminal book in the field of mathematics competitions, the first edition of A Mathematical Mosaic has received wide acclaim from mathematics teachers, professors and the mathematics community at large. In a review in The Mathematics Teacher, high school teacher John Cocharo wrote, “Without a doubt, this book is a must for any library, teacher's reference or student's amusement.” André Toom in his review in the Mathematical Monthly observed, “[A Mathematical Mosaic] speaks in an interesting and understandable way about number theory, combinatorics, game theory, geometry, and calculus, to say nothing about magic tricks, puzzles and other digressions. What is most important is that whenever Vakil starts to discuss something, he never leaves the reader without a piece of exact, rigorous knowledge.”

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Ravi Vakil, Professor of Mathematics at Stanford, is one of the most promising young pure mathematicians. In high school, he placed first in the USA Mathematical Olympiad, and at the International Mathematical Olympiad won two gold medals and one silver medal, and wrote a perfect paper. As an undergraduate, he was a winner of the top award of Putnam Fellow in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition in each of his four years, a rare feat. He has since received his Ph.D. from Harvard, and has taught at Princeton, MIT, and Stanford.

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