The Best Writing on Mathematics 2010

The Best Writing on Mathematics 2010

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by Mircea Pitici
     
 

"I had thought that I kept up fairly well on mathematical publications of a general sort—that was until I looked at the rich variety of pieces included in this book, most of which were new to me. I found this collection overall very attractive."—Gerald L. Alexanderson, Santa Clara University

"A delight to read. This is a fine volume with lots of

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"I had thought that I kept up fairly well on mathematical publications of a general sort—that was until I looked at the rich variety of pieces included in this book, most of which were new to me. I found this collection overall very attractive."—Gerald L. Alexanderson, Santa Clara University

"A delight to read. This is a fine volume with lots of terrific articles that are as enticing as they are varied. The sum total is simply great."—Barry Mazur, Harvard University

Editorial Reviews

Wild About Math!
Imagine for a moment that you had a friend who was a voracious reader of Math journals and periodicals. And, imagine that this friend had a knack for finding articles that were of interest to mathematicians and non-mathematicians alike by well-known writers and by new talent. Would you be interested in reading a few dozen of these articles? Mircea Pitici, editor of The Best Writing on Mathematics 2010 is such a friend, even if you've never met him. . . . A nice set of stimulating articles that appeal to a wide audience.
— Sol Lederman
LMS Newsletter
As a mathematician engrossed in my own area . . . I've been delighted to have this book in my house. One inevitably will not agree with every choice of work for inclusion, but it would be a dull book if it simply presented us with what we like. What is important is that it is varied and balanced, and contains the odd surprise.
— Charles Eaton
Irish Math Society Bulletin
Mircea Pitici has succeeded in putting together a wonderful and varied bouquet of texts related to mathematics. . . . I highly recommend this book to everyone with an interest in mathematics, whether they are professional mathematician, graduate or undergraduate students, teachers, or enthusiastic amateurs.
— Stephen Buckley
Mathematics Today
I would highly recommend this book as a good read to anyone with an interest in mathematics. Whether a professional mathematician, university or sixth form student, teacher, or recreational mathematician, there will be something there for you.
— Steve Humble
Australian Math Society Gazette
I recommend this book to Gazette readers as enjoyable bedside reading.
— Phill Schultz
Wild About Math! - Sol Lederman
Imagine for a moment that you had a friend who was a voracious reader of Math journals and periodicals. And, imagine that this friend had a knack for finding articles that were of interest to mathematicians and non-mathematicians alike by well-known writers and by new talent. Would you be interested in reading a few dozen of these articles? Mircea Pitici, editor of The Best Writing on Mathematics 2010 is such a friend, even if you've never met him. . . . A nice set of stimulating articles that appeal to a wide audience.
LMS Newsletter - Charles Eaton
As a mathematician engrossed in my own area . . . I've been delighted to have this book in my house. One inevitably will not agree with every choice of work for inclusion, but it would be a dull book if it simply presented us with what we like. What is important is that it is varied and balanced, and contains the odd surprise.
Irish Math Society Bulletin - Stephen Buckley
Mircea Pitici has succeeded in putting together a wonderful and varied bouquet of texts related to mathematics. . . . I highly recommend this book to everyone with an interest in mathematics, whether they are professional mathematician, graduate or undergraduate students, teachers, or enthusiastic amateurs.
Mathematics Today - Steve Humble
I would highly recommend this book as a good read to anyone with an interest in mathematics. Whether a professional mathematician, university or sixth form student, teacher, or recreational mathematician, there will be something there for you.
Australian Math Society Gazette - Phill Schultz
I recommend this book to Gazette readers as enjoyable bedside reading.
From the Publisher
"[Pitici] has put together a mathematics anthology gleaned from articles published in 2009 in a range of popular and scholarly sources. The collection is quite international in scope. . . . This collection is more than just a set of reprints; the assembly from diverse and, in some cases, not easily accessible publications and the arrangement add value to this work."Library Journal

"Imagine for a moment that you had a friend who was a voracious reader of Math journals and periodicals. And, imagine that this friend had a knack for finding articles that were of interest to mathematicians and non-mathematicians alike by well-known writers and by new talent. Would you be interested in reading a few dozen of these articles? Mircea Pitici, editor of The Best Writing on Mathematics 2010 is such a friend, even if you've never met him. . . . A nice set of stimulating articles that appeal to a wide audience."—Sol Lederman, Wild About Math!

"As a mathematician engrossed in my own area . . . I've been delighted to have this book in my house. One inevitably will not agree with every choice of work for inclusion, but it would be a dull book if it simply presented us with what we like. What is important is that it is varied and balanced, and contains the odd surprise."—Charles Eaton, LMS Newsletter

"Mircea Pitici has succeeded in putting together a wonderful and varied bouquet of texts related to mathematics. . . . I highly recommend this book to everyone with an interest in mathematics, whether they are professional mathematician, graduate or undergraduate students, teachers, or enthusiastic amateurs."—Stephen Buckley, Irish Math Society Bulletin

"I would highly recommend this book as a good read to anyone with an interest in mathematics. Whether a professional mathematician, university or sixth form student, teacher, or recreational mathematician, there will be something there for you."—Steve Humble, Mathematics Today

"I recommend this book to Gazette readers as enjoyable bedside reading."—Phill Schultz, Australian Math Society Gazette

"[The Best Writing on Mathematics 2014] contributors are a fascinating and diverse bunch. . . . [The] series should be lauded for Mercia Pitici's role as editor in not just selecting these essays but also their order and flow."— Robert Schaefer, New York Journal of Books

Library Journal
Pitici, a Cornell University Ph.D. candidate in mathematics education, has put together a mathematics anthology gleaned from articles published in 2009 in a range of popular and scholarly sources. The collection is quite international in scope—in his introduction, Pitici writes that he deliberately sought publications that are not widely distributed. This collection is more than just a set of reprints; the assembly from diverse and, in some cases, not easily accessible publications and the arrangement add value to this work. Pitici groups articles on mathematics education, mathematicians, mathematics in the media, history, applications, and a general assortment. The tenor of the articles varies, but most are directed at motivated readers, typically with a vested interest in the subject but not necessarily with expertise. Like most anthologies, some articles are better than others. VERDICT A good read overall, this is a natural choice for academic and large public collections and math lovers.—Margaret Dominy, Drexel Univ., Philadelphia

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691148410
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
01/02/2011
Series:
Best Writing on Mathematics Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
440
Sales rank:
391,984
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

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Barry Mazur
A delight to read. This is a fine volume with lots of terrific articles that are as enticing as they are varied. The sum total is simply great.
Barry Mazur, Harvard University
Alexanderson
I had thought that I kept up fairly well on mathematical publications of a general sort—that was until I looked at the rich variety of pieces included in this book, most of which were new to me. I found this collection overall very attractive.
Gerald L. Alexanderson, Santa Clara University

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