The Art of the Infinite: The Pleasures of Mathematics

The Art of the Infinite: The Pleasures of Mathematics

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by Robert Kaplan, Ellen Kaplan, Ellen Kaplan
     
 

Using the art of the middle distance, that which is close enough for humans to draw by hand, the authors, who founded the all-inclusive educational experience they call The Math Circle, approach the concept of infinity through a variety of human minds. They describe the usual suspects (Pythagorus, Descartes, Leibniz) and many who would escape notice in a… See more details below

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Using the art of the middle distance, that which is close enough for humans to draw by hand, the authors, who founded the all-inclusive educational experience they call The Math Circle, approach the concept of infinity through a variety of human minds. They describe the usual suspects (Pythagorus, Descartes, Leibniz) and many who would escape notice in a less-comprehensive work. They work through the mathematics in accessible text and illustrations, pulling in illuminations from an unexpected array of sources, including children's nursery rhymes and fiction of past ages. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195176063
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
An Invitation1
Ch. 1Time and the Mind3
Ch. 2How Do We Hold These Truths?29
Ch. 3Designs on a Locked Chest56
InterludeThe Infinite and the Indefinite75
Ch. 4Skipping Stones77
Ch. 5Euclid Alone100
InterludeLonging and the Infinite131
Ch. 6The Eagle of Algebra133
Ch. 7Into the Highlands167
InterludeThe Infinite and the Unknown200
Ch. 8Back of Beyond202
Ch. 9The Abyss228
Appendix263
Bibliography315
Index317

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