Creative Mathematics: A Gateway to Research by Alan F. BeardonCreative Mathematics: A Gateway to Research by Alan F. Beardon

Creative Mathematics: A Gateway to Research

byAlan F. Beardon

Paperback | December 21, 2009

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How do mathematicians approach a problem, explore the possibilities, and develop an understanding of a whole area around it? The issue is not simply about obtaining 'the answer'; rather, Beardon explains that a mathematical problem is just one of many related ones that should be simultaneously investigated and discussed at various levels, and that understanding this is a crucial step in becoming a creative mathematician. The book begins with some good advice about procedure, presentation, and organization that will benefit every mathematician, budding, teaching or practiced. In the rest of the book, Beardon presents a series of simple problems, then, through discussion, consideration of special cases, computer experiments, and so on, the reader is taken through these same problems, but at an increasing level of sophistication and generality. Mathematics is rarely a closed book, and seemingly innocent problems, when examined and explored, can lead to results of significance.
Title:Creative Mathematics: A Gateway to ResearchFormat:PaperbackDimensions:120 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.39 inPublished:December 21, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:052113059X

ISBN - 13:9780521130592


Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. Style and Presentation: 1. Solving problems; 2. Writing mathematics; 3. Giving a presentation; Part II. The Problems: 4. A first look at the problems; Part III. Solutions and More Problems; Part IV. Discussion and Generalisations; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"This is an inspiring book."
Paul J. Campbell, Mathematics Magazine