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Five Golden Rules: Great Theories of 20th-Century Mathematics and Why They Matter
     

Five Golden Rules: Great Theories of 20th-Century Mathematics and Why They Matter

by John L. Casti
 
An accessible and engaging treatment of the world's greatest mathematical theorems. Devoted to one theorem, each chapter introduces the mathematicians who created the theorem and the history of math at that time. Explains, in simple terms, what the theorem says and how it was proved. Numerous diagrams, cartoons and examples illustrate how the theorem works and bring

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An accessible and engaging treatment of the world's greatest mathematical theorems. Devoted to one theorem, each chapter introduces the mathematicians who created the theorem and the history of math at that time. Explains, in simple terms, what the theorem says and how it was proved. Numerous diagrams, cartoons and examples illustrate how the theorem works and bring the math to life.

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Library Journal
Most people have a very poor idea of what mathematicians do, since in school they are exposed only to centuries-old material. Casti (Complexification, HarperCollins, 1994) has written an excellent exposition of five of the most interesting mathematical theories of the 20th century that are still undergoing significant study. He discusses the mathematicians who discovered each theorem and explains how these theories are applied to real problems. This work is not for everyone; it is aimed at the nonmathematician willing to invest some time and effort to learn about modern mathematics. The serious reader will find it worth the effort; the chapter on "Theory of Communication" is in itself sufficient to recommend the purchase of the book.Harold D. Shane, Baruch Coll., CUNY
Booknews
Reprint of a demanding popular treatment of five theorems. "Choice", June 1996 carries a good review of the 1996 printing. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781567317084
Publisher:
MJF Books
Publication date:
12/03/2004
Pages:
235
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.89(d)

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