All the Math That's Fit to Print: Articles from the Manchester Guardian

All the Math That's Fit to Print: Articles from the Manchester Guardian

by Keith J. Devlin, Keith Devlin
     
 

Do you expect to find articles about mathematics in your daily newspaper? If you are a reader of The Guardian you do, or at least you did during the second half of the 1980s. This volume collects many of the columns Keith Devlin wrote for The Guardian. Read them and assign them to your students to read. This is a book for delving in, and is accessible to anyone with…  See more details below

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Do you expect to find articles about mathematics in your daily newspaper? If you are a reader of The Guardian you do, or at least you did during the second half of the 1980s. This volume collects many of the columns Keith Devlin wrote for The Guardian. Read them and assign them to your students to read. This is a book for delving in, and is accessible to anyone with an interest in things mathematical. Devlin takes mathematical discoveries and explains them to the interested lay reader. The topics range from computer discoveries dealing with large prime numbers to much deeper results, such as Fermat's Last Theorem. You will find articles on the traveling salesman problem, on cryptology, and on procedures for working out claims for traveling expenses. Although the individual pieces are short and easily read, many contain references to mathematical articles and can form the basis for student research papers.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'Mathematics and mathematicians can be the objects of public interest, if there are individuals capable of explaining those items in a form that the intelligent reader can follow. Keith Devlin is such a person and the editors of the British paper, The Manchester Guardian, were intelligent enough to understand that. This book should be an element of every public library.' Journal of Recreational Mathematics
Mathematics Teacher
Secondary teachers and university faculty will find this book interesting and a good resource for extension exercises. It will be an appropriate reference book for many libraries to purchase so that motivated students can have available the interesting insight into some unusual ideas.
Journal of Recreational Mathematics
Mathematics and mathematicians can be the objects of public interest, if there are individuals capable of explaining those items in a form that the intelligent reader can follow. Keith Devlin is such a person and the editors of the British paper, The Manchester Guardian, were intelligent enough to understand that. This book should be an element of every public library.
Choice
This new work reveals another side of Devlin's interesting investigations into mathematics and his efforts to share them with laypersons...Anyone interested in mathematics will find something of interest in this book...When possible, the author provides a historical context for the new ideas being explored.
Booknews
A collection of entertaining columns on mathematics and computing that appeared in the English daily newspaper, The Manchester Guardian, between 1983 and 1989. Topics range from simple puzzles to problems such as Faltings Theorem and the Riemann Conjecture, and include prime numbers, claims for travel expenses, calculating pi, patterns and palindromes, and cryptology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780883855157
Publisher:
Mathematical Association of America
Publication date:
06/01/1994
Series:
Spectrum Series
Pages:
345
Product dimensions:
7.06(w) x 9.92(h) x 0.75(d)

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