Mathematics: The Science of Patterns

Mathematics: The Science of Patterns

by Kevin Devlin, Keith J. Devlin


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To most people, mathematics means working with numbers. But as Keith Devlin shows in Mathematics: The Science of Patterns, this definition has been out of date for nearly 2,500 years. Mathematicians now see their work as the study of patterns—real or imagined, visual or mental, arising from the natural world or from within the human mind.

Using this basic definition as his central theme, Devlin explores the patterns of counting, measuring, reasoning, motion, shape, position, and prediction, revealing the powerful influence mathematics has over our perception of reality. Interweaving historical highlights and current developments, and using a minimum of formulas, Devlin celebrates the precision, purity, and elegance of mathematics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805073447
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 12/15/1996
Edition description: REV
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Keith Devlin is Dean of the School of Science at Saint Mary's College of California and Senior Researcher at Stanford University's Center for the Study of Language and Information. He is the author of Logic and Information, and Mathematics: The New Golden Age and Goodbye, Descartes.

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