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Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction By Timothy Gowers (Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics, Cambridge University)

Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction
by Timothy Gowers (Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics, Cambridge University)

This book aims to explain, in clear non-technical language,what it is that mathematicians do, and how that differs from and builds on the mathematics that most people are familiar with from school. It is the ideal introduction for anyone who wishes to deepen their understanding of mathematics.
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Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction Summary


Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction by Timothy Gowers (Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics, Cambridge University)

The aim of this book is to explain, carefully but not technically, the differences between advanced, research-level mathematics, and the sort of mathematics we learn at school. The most fundamental differences are philosophical, and readers of this book will emerge with a clearer understanding of paradoxical-sounding concepts such as infinity, curved space, and imaginary numbers. The first few chapters are about general aspects of mathematical thought. These are followed by discussions of more specific topics, and the book closes with a chapter answering common sociological questions about the mathematical community (such as "Is it true that mathematicians burn out at the age of 25?") ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction Reviews


a marvellously lucid guide to the beauty and mystery of numbers * Gilbert Adair *

About Timothy Gowers (Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics, Cambridge University)


Timothy Gowers is Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University and was a recipient of a Fields Medal for Mathematics in 1998, awarded for 'the most daring, profound and stimulating research done by young mathematicians'.

Table of Contents


1. Models ; 2. Numbers and Abstraction ; 3. Proofs ; 4. Limits and Infinity ; 5. Dimension ; 6. Geometry ; 7. Estimates and Approximates ; 8. Frequently Asked Questions

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Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction by Timothy Gowers (Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics, Cambridge University)
Timothy Gowers (Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics, Cambridge University)
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press
2002-11-30
160
0192853619
9780192853615
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