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An Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning
     

An Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning

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by Peter J. Eccles
 

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The purpose of this book is to introduce the basic ideas of mathematical proof to students embarking on university mathematics. The emphasis is on helping the reader in understanding and constructing proofs and writing clear mathematics. This is achieved by exploring set theory, combinatorics and number theory, topics which include many fundamental ideas which are

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The purpose of this book is to introduce the basic ideas of mathematical proof to students embarking on university mathematics. The emphasis is on helping the reader in understanding and constructing proofs and writing clear mathematics. This is achieved by exploring set theory, combinatorics and number theory, topics which include many fundamental ideas which are part of the tool kit of any mathematician. This material illustrates how familiar ideas can be formulated rigorously, provides examples demonstrating a wide range of basic methods of proof, and includes some of the classic proofs. The book presents mathematics as a continually developing subject. Material meeting the needs of readers from a wide range of backgrounds is included. Over 250 problems include questions to interest and challenge the most able student as well as plenty of routine exercises to help familiarize the reader with the basic ideas.

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"A student planning to study advanced mathematics would be well served by first mastering the material in this book...a rigorous study of sevearl fundamental topics pervasive in mathematics, including sets, functions, cardinality, combinatorics, and modular arithmetic." D.S. Larson, Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781139636315
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/11/1997
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
10 MB

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