Letters to a Young Mathematician

Letters to a Young Mathematician

by Ian Stewart
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Letters to a Young Mathematician

Mathematician Ian Stewart tells readers what he wishes he had known when he was a student. He takes up subjects ranging from the philosophical to the practical-what mathematics is and why it's worth doing, the relationship between logic and proof, the role of beauty in mathematical thinking, the future of mathematics, how to deal with the peculiarities of the mathematical community, and many others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465082322
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 03/26/2007
Series: Art of Mentoring Series
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 291,384
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Why Do Math?     1
How I Almost Became a Lawyer     11
The Breadth of Mathematics     18
Hasn't It All Been Done?     33
Surrounded by Math     45
How Mathematicians Think     53
How to Learn Math     62
Fear of Proofs     71
Can't Computers Solve Everything?     82
Mathematical Storytelling     87
Going for the Jugular     95
Blockbusters     103
Impossible Problems     110
The Career Ladder     122
Pure or Applied?     131
Where Do You Get Those Crazy Ideas?     147
How to Teach Math     157
The Mathematical Community     168
Pigs and Pickup Trucks     178
Pleasures and Perils of Collaboration     188
Is God a Mathematician?     196
Notes and References     205

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Letters to a Young Mathematician 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Passionate_Teacher More than 1 year ago
Compelling thoughhts on why mathematics matters.