Letters to a Young Mathematician

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Basic Books, Mar 27, 2006 - Mathematics - 210 pages
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The 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 practical--what 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 others--are dealt with in Stewart's much-admired 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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Stewart (mathematics, Univ. of Warwick; director, Mathematics Awareness Ctr. at Warwick;The Annotated Flatland ) has written yet another mathematics popularization, this time in the form of letters to ... Read full review

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A very engaging book towards a hypothetical character Meg, from first encounter in mathematics to a tenured track professor in mathematics. It gives brief yet thorough picture of life coloured with ... Read full review

Contents

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III
18
IV
33
V
45
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53
VII
62
VIII
71
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XIII
110
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Ian Stewart is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick and is well known for his writing and broadcasting about mathematics for nonspecialists. He has written over 140 research papers on such subjects as symmetry in dynamics, pattern formation, chaos, and mathematical biology, as well as numerous popular books, including Letters to a Young Mathematician, Does God Play Dice?, What Shape Is a Snowflake?, Nature’s Numbers, The Annotated Flatland, and Flatterland. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001. He lives in Coventry, England.

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