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Synopses & ReviewsPublisher Comments:This annual anthology brings together the year's finest mathematics writing from around the world. Featuring promising new voices alongside some of the foremost names in the field, The Best Writing on Mathematics 2012 makes available to a wide audience many articles not easily found anywhere elseand you don't need to be a mathematician to enjoy them. These writings offer surprising insights into the nature, meaning, and practice of mathematics today. They delve into the history, philosophy, teaching, and everyday occurrences of math, and take readers behind the scenes of today's hottest mathematical debates. Here Robert Lang explains mathematical aspects of origami foldings; Terence Tao discusses the frequency and distribution of the prime numbers; Timothy Gowers and Mario Livio ponder whether mathematics is invented or discovered; Brian Hayes describes what is special about a ball in five dimensions; Mark Colyvan glosses on the mathematics of dating; and much, much more.
In addition to presenting the year's most memorable writings on mathematics, this musthave anthology includes a foreword by esteemed mathematician David Mumford and an introduction by the editor Mircea Pitici. This book belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in where math has taken usand where it is headed. Synopsis:This annual anthology brings together the year's finest mathematics writing from around the world. Featuring promising new voices alongside some of the foremost names in the field, The Best Writing on Mathematics 2012 makes available to a wide audience many articles not easily found anywhere elseand you don't need to be a mathematician to enjoy them. These writings offer surprising insights into the nature, meaning, and practice of mathematics today. They delve into the history, philosophy, teaching, and everyday occurrences of math, and take readers behind the scenes of today's hottest mathematical debates. Here Robert Lang explains mathematical aspects of origami foldings; Terence Tao discusses the frequency and distribution of the prime numbers; Timothy Gowers and Mario Livio ponder whether mathematics is invented or discovered; Brian Hayes describes what is special about a ball in five dimensions; Mark Colyvan glosses on the mathematics of dating; and much, much more.
In addition to presenting the year's most memorable writings on mathematics, this musthave anthology includes a foreword by esteemed mathematician David Mumford and an introduction by the editor Mircea Pitici. This book belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in where math has taken usand where it is headed. Synopsis:This annual anthology brings together the year's finest mathematics writing from around the world. Featuring promising new voices alongside some of the foremost names in the field, The Best Writing on Mathematics 2012 makes available to a wide audience many articles not easily found anywhere elseand you don't need to be a mathematician to enjoy them. These writings offer surprising insights into the nature, meaning, and practice of mathematics today. They delve into the history, philosophy, teaching, and everyday occurrences of math, and take readers behind the scenes of today's hottest mathematical debates. Here Robert Lang explains mathematical aspects of origami foldings; Terence Tao discusses the frequency and distribution of the prime numbers; Timothy Gowers and Mario Livio ponder whether mathematics is invented or discovered; Brian Hayes describes what is special about a ball in five dimensions; Mark Colyvan glosses on the mathematics of dating; and much, much more.
In addition to presenting the year's most memorable writings on mathematics, this musthave anthology includes a foreword by esteemed mathematician David Mumford and an introduction by the editor Mircea Pitici. This book belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in where math has taken usand where it is headed. About the AuthorMircea Pitici, a PhD candidate in mathematics education at Cornell University, teaches math and writing at Cornell and Ithaca College. He also edited the 2010 and 2011 editions of The Best Writing on Mathematics (both Princeton).
Table of ContentsForeword: The Synergy of Pure and Applied Mathematics, of the Abstract and the Concrete
David Mumford ix Introduction Mircea Pitici xvii Why Math Works Mario Livio 1 Is Mathematics Discovered or Invented? Timothy Gowers 8 The Unplanned Impact of Mathematics Peter Rowlett 21 An Adventure in the Nth Dimension Brian Hayes 30 Structure and Randomness in the Prime Numbers Terence Tao 43 The Strangest Numbers in String Theory John C. Baez and John Huerta 50 Mathematics Meets Photography: The Viewable Sphere David Swart and Bruce Torrence 61 Dancing Mathematics and the Mathematics of Dance SarahMarie Belcastro and Karl Schaffer 79 Can One Hear the Sound of a Theorem? Rob Schneiderman 93 FlatUnfoldability and Woven Origami Tessellations Robert J. Lang 113 A Continuous Path from High School Calculus to University Analysis Timothy Gowers 129 Mathematics Teachers' Subtle, Complex Disciplinary Knowledge Brent Davis 135 How to Be a Good Teacher Is an Undecidable Problem Erica Flapan 141 How Your Philosophy of Mathematics Impacts Your Teaching Bonnie Gold 149 Variables in Mathematics Education Susanna S. Epp 163 Bottom Line on Mathematics Education David Mumford and Sol Garfunkel 173 History of Mathematics and History of Science Reunited? Jeremy Gray 176 Augustus De Morgan behind the Scenes Charlotte Simmons 186 Routing Problems: A Historical Perspective Giuseppe Bruno, Andrea Genovese, and Gennaro Improta 197 The Cycloid and Jean Bernoulli Gerald L. Alexanderson 209 Was Cantor Surprised? Fernando Q. Gouvêa 216 Why Is There Philosophy of Mathematics at All? Ian Hacking 234 Ultimate Logic: To Infinity and Beyond Richard Elwes 255 Mating, Dating, and Mathematics: It's All in the Game Mark Colyvan 262 Contributors 273 Notable Texts 281 Acknowledgments 285 Credits 287 What Our Readers Are SayingBe the first to add a comment for a chance to win!Product Details
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