The Best Writing on Mathematics 2010
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.
The Role of the Untrue in Mathematics
Desperately Seeking Mathematical Proof
What Is Experimental Mathematics?
What Is Financial Mathematics?
Birds and Frogs
Mathematics Is Not a Game
Massively Collaborative Mathematics
A Hidden Praise of Mathematics
Mathematics Textbooks and Their Potential Role in Supporting
Exploring Curvature with Paper Models
LagrangeProvethe Parallel Postulate?
Kroneckers Algorithmic Mathematics
Indiscrete Variations on GianCarlo Rotas Themes
A Personal Reminiscence
Applying Inconsistent Mathematics
A Source of Enormous Confusion
How to Count to a Zillion without Falling
of Optimal Stopping
An Idea Whose Time Has Come
Accommodations of Learning Disabilities in Mathematics Courses
Audience Style and Criticism
Aesthetics as a Liberating Force in Mathematics Education?
Why Do We Believe Theorems?
Mathematicians Solve 45YearOld Kervaire Invariant Puzzle
Loves Me Loves Me Not Do the Math
On Mathematics and Musical Rhythm