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The Education of a Mathematician

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Overview

In this charming memoir, a renowned mathematician and winner of the American Book Award traces his career in mathematics from early lessons in horse racing and the realities of life to his adventures on the lecture circuit. A thought-provoking mix of autobiography, history, and insights into the role of mathematics in everyday life, this highly entertaining book will appeal to all readers.

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Retired from Brown University, mathematician and author Davis reflects on his life and profession in interwoven anecdotes concentrating on the role mathematics has played in the development of modern culture, and how modern technology has affected the goals and teachings of mathematics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568811161
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/21/2000
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue ix
Part I In the Beginning 1
Part II Undergraduate Years 27
Part III World War II 85
Part IV Graduate Years 93
Part V Mathematics in Washington 113
Part VI At Brown University 159
Part VII Horizons Widen 201
Part VIII Copenhagen and Its Aftermath 227
Part IX Interlude: A Bit of Mathematical History 237
Part X Mathematics and the French Enlightenment 255
Part XI Applied Mathematics of Jeffersonian Interest 273
Part XII Echoes of Rousseau 315
Part XIII Still Carrying On 331
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