Waldecker introduce the aspects of number theory, algorithm theory, and
cryptography that are relevant for the AKS algorithm and explain in
detail why and how this test works. This book is specifically designed
to make the reader familiar with the background that is necessary to
appreciate the AKS algorithm and begins at a level that is suitable for
secondary school students, teachers, and interested amateurs.
Throughout the book, the reader becomes involved in the topic by means
of numerous exercises.
David Wells draws on his extensive experience of teaching primary and secondary pupils and his understanding not just of how students think about mathematics, but of how they feel about a subject which so often seems merely a collection of facts and rules to be mastered. This book will be of immediate practical use to teachers and students at all levels.
Anyone involved in mathematics education will benefit from reading this inspiring book, whether classroom teacher, trainer, teacher in training or professional development, or even parent. The book will also be of interest to policy makers and others with an investment in the future of mathematics education.