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Mathematics : A Very Short Introduction - Timothy Gowers


A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 22nd August 2002
ISBN: 9780192853615
Number Of Pages: 160

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The aim of this book is to explain, carefully but not technically, the differences between advanced, research-level mathematics, and the sort of mathematics we learn at school. The most fundamental differences are philosophical, and readers of this book will emerge with a clearer understanding of paradoxical-sounding concepts such as infinity, curved space, and imaginary numbers. The first few chapters are about general aspects of mathematical thought. These are followed by discussions of more specific topics, and the book closes with a chapter answering common sociological questions about the mathematical community (such as "Is it true that mathematicians burn out at the age of 25?") It is the ideal introduction for anyone who wishes to deepen their understanding of mathematics.

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`a marvellously lucid guide to the beauty and mystery of numbers' Gilbert Adair

1: Models 2: Numbers and Abstraction 3: Proofs 4: Limits and Infinity 5: Dimension 6: Geometry 7: Estimates and Approximates 8: Frequently Asked Questions

ISBN: 9780192853615
ISBN-10: 0192853619
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 22nd August 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.8 x 11.3  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.14

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