978-0-465-08232-2 / 9780465082322

Letters to a Young Mathematician (Art of Mentoring)


Publisher:Basic Books



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Paperback. Pub Date: June. 2007 Pages: 224 Publisher: Basic Books This is an astute and Lively Exploration of what IT's really like to do mathematics. By well-known mathematician and writer Ian Stewart. The first Scientific entry in the Basic Books' renowned Art of Mentoring series. Letters to a Young Mathematician tells readers what Ian Stewart wishes he'd known when he was a student. Subjects ranging from the philosophical to the practical - what 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 others - are dealt with in Stewart's much-admired style. which combines subtle. easygoing humour with a talent for cutting to the heart of the matter. Like GH Hardy's classic A Mathematician's Apology. th...

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