Letters to a Young MathematicianThe first scientific entry in the acclaimed Art of Mentoring series from Basic Books, Letters to a Young Mathematician tells readers what Ian Stewart wishes he had known when he was a student and young faculty member. Subjects ranging from the philosophical to the practicalwhat mathematics is and why it's worth doing, the relationship between logic and proof, the role of beauty in mathematical thinking, the future of mathematics, how to deal with the peculiarities of the mathematical community, and many othersare dealt with in Stewart's muchadmired style, which combines subtle, easygoing humor with a talent for cutting to the heart of the matter. In the tradition of G.H. Hardy's classic A Mathematician's Apology, this book is sure to be a perennial favorite with students at all levels, as well as with other readers who are curious about the frequently incomprehensible world of mathematics. 
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User Review  Rossdavidh  GoodreadsThe hardest thing about describing this book is saying whether it's fiction or nonfiction. It's mostly a series of essays on math, mathematicians, and how the two affect each other. But, it's ... Read full review
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User Review  Simon Fermor  GoodreadsI read this book to my son when he was 12. He enjoyed it and I think it was helpful in encouraging him to see math as much more than just rote learning and endless arithmetic. Read full review