A Smoother Pebble: Mathematical Explorations by Donald C. Benson

A Smoother Pebble: Mathematical Explorations

byDonald C. Benson

Hardcover | October 20, 2003

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This book takes a novel look at the topics of school mathematics--arithmetic, geometry, algebra, and calculus. In this stroll on the mathematical seashore we hope to find, quoting Newton, "...a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary..." This book assembles a collection ofmathematical pebbles that are important as well as beautiful.

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Donald C. Benson is at University of California, Davis (Emeritus).

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Title:A Smoother Pebble: Mathematical ExplorationsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 6.18 × 9.29 × 0.98 inPublished:October 20, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195144368

ISBN - 13:9780195144369

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Table of Contents

IntroductionI. BRIDGING THE GAP1. The Ancient Fractions2. Greek Gifts3. The Music of the RatiosII. THE SHAPE OF THINGS4. Tubeland5. The Calculating EyeIII. THE GREAT ART6. Algebra Rules7. The Root of the Problem8. Symmetry Without Fear9. The Magic MirrorIV. A SMOOTHER PEBBLE10. On the Shoulders of Giants11. Six-Minute Calculus12. Roller-Coaster ScienceGlossaryReferencesIndex

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"...an enlightening book and a pleasure to read."--Choice