Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | August 1, 2002

byTimothy Gowers

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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 understandingof 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 questionsabout the mathematical community (such as "Is it true that mathematicians burn out at the age of 25?")

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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 understandingof paradoxical-sounding concepts such as in...

Timothy Gowers is Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University and was a recipient of a Fields Medal for Mathematics in 1998, awarded for 'the most daring, profound and stimulating research done by young mathematicians'.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:August 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192853619

ISBN - 13:9780192853615

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Table of Contents

1. Models2. Numbers and Abstraction3. Proofs4. Limits and Infinity5. Dimension6. Geometry7. Estimates and Approximates8. Frequently Asked Questions

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`a marvellously lucid guide to the beauty and mystery of numbers'Gilbert Adair