## The Best Writing on Mathematics 2010This anthology brings together the year's finest writing on mathematics from around the world. Featuring promising new voices alongside some of the foremost names in mathematics, In addition to presenting the year's most memorable writing on mathematics, this must-have anthology also includes a foreword by esteemed mathematician William Thurston and an informative introduction by Mircea Pitici. This book belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in where math has taken us--and where it's headed. |

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### Contents

The Role of the Untrue in Mathematics | 3 |

Desperately Seeking Mathematical Proof | 13 |

What Is Experimental Mathematics? | 32 |

What Is Financial Mathematics? | 43 |

Birds and Frogs | 57 |

Mathematics Is Not a Game | 79 |

Massively Collaborative Mathematics | 89 |

A Hidden Praise of Mathematics | 99 |

Mathematics Textbooks and Their Potential Role in Supporting | 236 |

Exploring Curvature with Paper Models | 247 |

Four Perspectives | 260 |

LagrangeProvethe Parallel Postulate? | 283 |

Kroneckers Algorithmic Mathematics | 303 |

Indiscrete Variations on GianCarlo Rotas Themes | 311 |

A Personal Reminiscence | 330 |

Applying Inconsistent Mathematics | 346 |

A Source of Enormous Confusion | 109 |

How to Count to a Zillion without Falling | 134 |

of Optimal Stopping | 145 |

An Idea Whose Time Has Come | 158 |

Accommodations of Learning Disabilities in Mathematics Courses | 175 |

Audience Style and Criticism | 194 |

Aesthetics as a Liberating Force in Mathematics Education? | 206 |

Why Do We Believe Theorems? | 358 |

Mathematicians Solve 45YearOld Kervaire Invariant Puzzle | 373 |

Loves Me Loves Me Not Do the Math | 380 |

On Mathematics and Musical Rhythm | 387 |

Acknowledgments | 403 |