The Mathematical Experience

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Overview

This is the classic introduction for the educated lay reader to the richly diverse world of mathematics: its history, philosophy, principles, and personalities.

"A true gem, one of the masterpieces of our age."---American Monthly

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"A brilliant and engrossing view of the development of mathematics...wonderful at communicating its beauty and excitement to the general reader." The New York Times

"A perfectly marvelous book." The New Yorker

"A true gem, one of the masterpieces of our age." American Monthly

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"A brilliant and engrossing view of the development of mathematics...wonderful at communicating its beauty and excitement to the general reader." --New York Times
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The addition of exercises and problems converts the 1981 edition into a textbook for math courses for liberal arts students and future secondary school math teachers, and courses in the appreciation of mathematics. Among the topics are the mathematical landscape, why math works and what it is good for, teaching and learning, certainty and fallibility, and mathematical reality. Includes a glossary without pronunciation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395929681
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/14/1999
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 739,567
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Phillip J. Davis is professor of applied mathematics at Brown University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Preface to the Study Edition
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Overture
1 The Mathematical Landscape
2 Varieties of Mathematical Experience
3 Outer Issues
4 Inner Issues
5 Selected Topics in Mathematics
6 Teaching and Learning
7 From Certainty to Fallibility
8 Mathematical Reality
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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