The Best Writing on Mathematics 2011

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Princeton University Press, 2012 - Mathematics - 383 pages
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This anthology brings together the year's finest mathematics writing from around the world. Featuring promising new voices alongside some of the foremost names in the field, The Best Writing on Mathematics 2011 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 Ian Hacking discusses the salient features that distinguish mathematics from other disciplines of the mind; Doris Schattschneider identifies some of the mathematical inspirations of M. C. Escher's art; Jordan Ellenberg describes compressed sensing, a mathematical field that is reshaping the way people use large sets of data; Erica Klarreich reports on the use of algorithms in the job market for doctors; and much, much more.

In addition to presenting the year's most memorable writings on mathematics, this must-have anthology includes a foreword by esteemed physicist and mathematician Freeman Dyson. This book belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in where math has taken us--and where it is headed.

 

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User Review  - Harold D. Shane - Book Verdict

Pitici offers his annual selection of intriguing mathematical articles, and happily, 2015 was a banner year. This eclectic collection of nontechnical papers understandable to any reader addresses, for ... Read full review

Contents

What Is Mathematics For?
1
A Tisket a Tasket an Apollonian Gasket
13
The Quest for Gods Number
27
From Graduate Student to Networked Mathematician
35
Individuality and Collectivity in Mathematics
43
Reflections on the Decline of Mathematical Tables
51
A Memoir of Jews in American Mathematics
55
Did OverReliance on Mathematical Models for Risk Assessment Create the Financial Crisis? ...
67
Encouraging Discoveries
203
Reflections of an Accidental Theorist
219
The Conjoint Origin of Proof and Theoretical Physics
236
What Makes Mathematics Mathematics?
257
What Antirealism in Philosophy of Mathematics Must Offer
286
Seeing Numbers
312
Autism and Mathematical Talent
330
How Much Math is Too Much Math?
336

Using Math to Turn LoRes Datasets into HiRes Samples
75
The Great Principles of Computing
82
Computer Generation of Ribbed Sculptures
93
Lorenz System Offers Manifold Possibilities for Art
115
The Mathematical Side of M C Escher
121
Celebrating Mathematics in Stone and Bronze
150
Theory Practice and Memories over 50 Years
169
Thinking and Comprehending in the Mathematics Classroom
188
Hidden Dimensions
347
Playing with Matches
356
Notable Texts
367
Contributors
371
Acknowledgments
379
Credits
381
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About the author (2012)

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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