How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics

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Basic Books, May 5, 2015 - Mathematics - 304 pages
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User Review  - BeckyGraham1016 - LibraryThing

This was actually a fun look at mathematics. I learned a lot about what "math" is and isn't, and more importantly, why math is - and Ms. Cheng is rather funny which I enjoyed. Bonus points for the Star Wars reference. Read full review

HOW TO BAKE PI: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics

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An original book using recipes to explain sophisticated math concepts to students and even the math-phobic. In a chapter on generalization, Cheng (Mathematics/Univ. of Sheffield and Univ. of Chicago ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
Chapter 1 What Is Math?
7
Chapter 2 Abstraction
15
Chapter 3 Principles
45
Chapter 4 Process
57
Chapter 5 Generalization
71
Chapter 6 Internal vs External
97
Chapter 7 Axiomatization
115
Chapter 10 Context
165
Chapter 11 Relationships
183
Chapter 12 Structure
205
Chapter 13 Sameness
221
Chapter 14 Universal Properties
239
Chapter 15 What Category Theory Is
263
Acknowledgments
281
Index
283

Chapter 8 What Mathematics Is
141
Chapter 9 What Is Category Theory?
159

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Eugenia Cheng is tenured in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. She has previously been on the mathematics faculty at the University of Chicago and is the Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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