## Nature of MathematicsWritten for liberal arts students and based on the belief that learning to solve problems is the principal reason for studying mathematics, Karl Smith introduces students to Polya's problem-solving techniques and shows them how to use these techniques to solve unfamiliar problems that they encounter in their own lives. Through the emphasis on problem solving and estimation, along with numerous in-text study aids, students are assisted in understanding the concepts and mastering the techniques. In addition to the problem-solving emphasis, THE NATURE OF MATHEMATICS is renowned for its clear writing, coverage of historical topics, selection of topics, level, and excellent applications problems. Smith includes material on such practical real-world topics as finances (e.g. amortization, installment buying, annuities) and voting and apportionment. With the help of this text, thousands of students have experienced mathematics rather than just do problems--and benefited from a writing style that boosts their confidence and fosters their ability to use mathematics effectively in their everyday lives. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version. |

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### Contents

The Nature Of Sets | 48 |

The Nature Of Logic | 82 |

The Nature Of Numeration Systems | 134 |

The Nature Of Numbers | 174 |

The Nature Of Algebra | 250 |

The Nature Of Geometry | 330 |

The Nature Of Networks And Graph Theory | 388 |

The Nature Of Measurement | 426 |

The Nature Of Probability | 606 |

The Nature Of Statistics | 660 |

The Nature Of Graphs And Functions | 714 |

The Nature Of Mathematical Systems | 756 |

The Nature Of Voting And Apportionment | 812 |

The Nature Of Calculus | 870 |

Why Not Math? Mathematics In The Natural Sciences Social Sciences And Humanities | 589 |

Appendices | 601 |

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