The Best Writing on Mathematics 2010

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Princeton University Press, 2011 - Literary Collections - 407 pages
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This 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, The Best Writing on Mathematics makes available to a wide audience many articles not easily found anywhere else--and you don't need to be a mathematician to enjoy them. These writings offer surprising insights into the nature, meaning, and practice of mathematics today. They delve into the history, philosophy, teaching, and everyday occurrences of math, and take readers behind the scenes of today's hottest mathematical debates. Here readers will discover why Freeman Dyson thinks some mathematicians are birds while others are frogs; why Keith Devlin believes there's more to mathematics than proof; what Nick Paumgarten has to say about the timing patterns of New York City's traffic lights (and why jaywalking is the most mathematically efficient way to cross Sixty-sixth Street); what Samuel Arbesman can tell us about the epidemiology of the undead in zombie flicks; and much, much more.

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
Lagrange Prove the Parallel Postulate?
283
Kroneckers Algorithmic Mathematics
303
Indiscrete Variations on GianCarlo RotasThemes
311
A Personal Reminiscence
330
Applying Inconsistent Mathematics
346

A Source of Enormous Confusion
109
How to Count to a Zillion without Falling
134
How to Gamble If You MustThe Mathematics
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
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Mircea Pitici is a PhD candidate in mathematics education at Cornell University. He teaches mathematics courses and writing seminars at Cornell and Ithaca College.

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