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Edited by Gowers, a recipient of the Fields Medal (the most esteemed prize in mathematics), this volume contains almost 200 entries, commissioned especially for this book from the world's leading mathematicians. It introduces basic mathematical tools and vocabulary, traces the development of modern mathematics, defines essential terms and concepts, and puts them in context. Moreover, the volume explains core ideas in major areas of mathematics, describes the achievements of scores of famous mathematicians, and discusses the impact of mathematics on other disciplines such as biology, finance, and music.
—Al Vara
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This is a one-of-a-kind reference for anyone with a serious interest in mathematics. Edited by Timothy Gowers, a recipient of the Fields Medal, it presents nearly two hundred entries, written especially for this book by some of the world's leading mathematicians, that introduce basic mathematical tools and vocabulary; trace the development of modern mathematics; explain essential terms and concepts; examine core ideas in major areas of mathematics; describe the achievements of scores of famous mathematicians; ...