Is Mathematics Inevitable? A Miscellany

Is Mathematics Inevitable? A Miscellany

by Underwood Dudley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0883855666

ISBN-13: 9780883855669

Pub. Date: 01/09/2008

Publisher: Mathematical Association of America

This is a collection of gems from the literature of mathematics that shine as brightly today as when they first appeared in print - they deserve to be seen and admired. The selections include two opposing views on the purpose of mathematics, the strong law of small numbers, the treatment of calculus in the 1771 Encyclopaedia Britannica, several proofs that the number

Overview

This is a collection of gems from the literature of mathematics that shine as brightly today as when they first appeared in print - they deserve to be seen and admired. The selections include two opposing views on the purpose of mathematics, the strong law of small numbers, the treatment of calculus in the 1771 Encyclopaedia Britannica, several proofs that the number of legs on a horse is infinite, a deserved refutation of the ridiculous Euler-Diderot anecdote, the real story of π and the Indiana legislature, the reason why Theodorus stopped proving that square roots were irrational when he got to the square root of 17, an excerpt from Mathematics Made Difficult, a glimpse into the mind of a calculating prodigy, and much more. There will be something here for anyone interested in mathematics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780883855669
Publisher:
Mathematical Association of America
Publication date:
01/09/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
325
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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