Trefethen's Index Cards: Forty Years of Notes About People, Words and Mathematics

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"What's especially original here is the book's structure. It's a collection of thoughts and questions, some playful, some very deep, each compact enough to fit on an index card. Nick has been writing these index cards to himself for the past 40 years. By arranging them longitudinally, he allows us to watch him unfold, captured as if by time-lapse photography, as he matures from promising teenager to the Professor of Numerical Analysis and FRS at Oxford. Whether you're a fellow mathematician, or merely a fellow ...

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Overview

"What's especially original here is the book's structure. It's a collection of thoughts and questions, some playful, some very deep, each compact enough to fit on an index card. Nick has been writing these index cards to himself for the past 40 years. By arranging them longitudinally, he allows us to watch him unfold, captured as if by time-lapse photography, as he matures from promising teenager to the Professor of Numerical Analysis and FRS at Oxford. Whether you're a fellow mathematician, or merely a fellow human being, you're in for a treat you'll never forget. I know of nothing else like it."Steven Strogatz

Cornell University

This is a book unique in structure—a collection of ideas noted on index cards over a period of 40 years.

Acclaimed mathematician Lloyd N Trefethen, Professor of Numerical Analysis at Oxford University, has created an intellectual diary, marking the development of his interests and ideas, from his teenage years to the present. These thoughts stand as signposts, directing us through a mind that applies the same scientific discipline and rigor in everyday life as that needed for success in science and academia. Informative and entertaining, Professor Trefethen's Index Cards is a collage of observations of rare clarity, in subjects ranging from astronomy to family life, and from music to politics.

The book will be of interest not only to other scientists and mathematicians, but to anyone in the general public interested in discerning how a scientific outlook informs the way we see broader issues in the societies we live in.



Ego;
Kids;
Aging and Death;
Sex;
Living with Others;
The Meaning of Life;
Politics and Society;
Cold War Nukes;
Education;
Britain;
Famous People;
Optimizing Your Life;
The Life of the Professor;
Music;
Words;
Writing and Literature;
Memory;
Misperceptions;
Knowledge and Truth;
Analogies;
Bad Logic;
God and Religion;
Good and Evil;
Science;
Stars and Planets;
Mathematics;
Big Numbers;
Mathematics and Science in Everyday Life;
Inventions;
Computers;
Life and DNA;
Hearts, Minds and Bodies;
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789814360692
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 4.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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