Mathematical Elegance: An Approachable Guide to Understanding Basic Concepts

Transaction Publishers
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The heart of mathematics is its elegance; the way it all fits together. Unfortunately, its beauty often eludes the vast majority of people who are intimidated by fear of the difficulty of numbers. Mathematical Elegance remedies this. Using hundreds of examples, the author presents a view of the mathematical landscape that is both accessible and fascinating. At a time of concern that American youth are bored by math, there is renewed interest in improving math skills. Mathematical Elegance stimulates students, along with those already experienced in the discipline, to explore some of the unexpected pleasures of quantitative thinking. Invoking mathematical proofs famous for their simplicity and brainteasers that are fun and illuminating, the author leaves readers feeling exuberant—as well as convinced that their IQs have been raised by ten points. A host of anecdotes about well-known mathematicians humanize and provide new insights into their lofty subjects. Recalling such classic works as Lewis Carroll’s Introduction to Logic and A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper by John Allen Paulos, Mathematical Elegance will energize and delight a wide audience, ranging from intellectually curious students to the enthusiastic general reader.
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About the author

Steven Goldberg has focused his career on logical analyses of social issues appearing in such books as When Wish Replaces Thought and Fads and Fallacies in the Social Sciences. He was chairman of the department of sociology of City College, City University of New York for twenty years.

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Publisher
Transaction Publishers
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Published on
Jan 31, 2015
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Pages
123
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ISBN
9781412855136
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Language
English
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Genres
Mathematics / Essays
Mathematics / General
Mathematics / Recreations & Games
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