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Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction

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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?") It is the ideal introduction for anyone who wishes to deepen their understanding of mathematics.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Models — Numbers and abstraction — Proofs — Limits and infinity — Dimension — Geometry — Estimates and approximations — Some frequently asked questions.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780191579417
Subtitle:
A Very Short Introduction
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Author:
Gowers, Timothy
Subject:
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Subject:
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Publication Date:
20021128
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
143

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