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Reading, Writing, and Proving: A Closer Look at Mathematics

Reading, Writing, and Proving: A Closer Look at Mathematics

by Ulrich Daepp, Pamela Gorkin
     
 

This book, which is based on Pólya's method of problem solving, aids students in their transition from calculus (or precalculus) to higher-level mathematics. The book begins by providing a great deal of guidance on how to approach definitions, examples, and theorems in mathematicsand ends with suggestedprojects for independent study.

Students will

Overview

This book, which is based on Pólya's method of problem solving, aids students in their transition from calculus (or precalculus) to higher-level mathematics. The book begins by providing a great deal of guidance on how to approach definitions, examples, and theorems in mathematicsand ends with suggestedprojects for independent study.

Students will follow Pólya's four step approach:analyzing the problem, devising aplan to solve the problem, carrying out that plan, and thendetermining the implication of the result. In addition tothe Pólyaapproach to proofs, this book placesspecial emphasis on reading proofscarefully and writingthem well. The authors have included a wide variety of problems,examples, illustrations andexercises,some withhints and solutions, designed specificallyto improve the student's ability toread and write proofs.

Historical connections are made throughout the text, and students are encouraged to use the rather extensive bibliography to begin making connections of their own. While standard texts in this area prepare students for future courses in algebra, this book also includes chapters on sequences, convergence, and metric spaces for those wanting to bridge the gap between the standard course in calculus and one in analysis.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

From the reviews of the second edition:

“The book is written in an informal way, which could please the beginners and not offend the more experienced reader. A reader can find a lot of problems for independent study as well as a lot of illustrations encouraging him/her to draw pictures as an important part of the process of mathematical thinking.”

European Mathematical Society, September 2011

"Several areas like sets, functions, sequences and convergence are dealt with and several exercises and projects are provided for deepening the understanding. …It is the impression of the author of this review that the book can be particularly strongly recommended for teacher students to enable them to catch and transfer the “essence” of mathematical thinking to their pupils. But also everybody else interested in mathematics will enjoy this very well written book.

—Burkhard Alpers (Aalen), zbMATH

“The book is primarily concerned with an exposition of those parts of mathematics in which students need a more thorough grounding before they can work successfully in upper-division undergraduate courses. … a mathematically-conventional but pedagogically-innovative take on transition courses.”

—Allen Stenger, The Mathematical Association of America, September, 2011

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461429159
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
08/03/2013
Series:
Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics Series
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of hardcover 2nd ed. 2011
Pages:
378
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

Ueli Daepp is an associate professor of mathematics at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. He was born and educated in Bern, Switzerland and completed his PhD at Michigan State University. His primary field of research is algebraic geometry and commutative algebra.

Pamela Gorkin is a professor of mathematics at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. She also received her PhD from Michigan State where she worked under the director of Sheldon Axler. Prof. Gorkin’s research focuses on functional analysis and operator theory.

Ulrich Daepp and Pamela Gorkin co-authored of the first edition of “Reading, Writing, and Proving” whose first edition published in 2003. To date the first edition (978-0-387-00834-9 ) has sold over 3000 copies.

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