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Best Writing on Mathematics 2015 (Paperback)

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This annual anthology brings together the year's finest mathematics writing from around the world. Featuring promising new voices alongside some of the foremost names in the field,The Best Writing on Mathematics 2015 makes available to a wide audience many articles not easily found anywhere else--and you don't need to be a mathematician to enjoy them. These writings offer surprising insights into the nature, meaning, and practice of mathematics today. They delve into the history, philosophy, teaching, and everyday occurrences of math, and take readers behind the scenes of today's hottest mathematical debates.

Here David Hand explains why we should actually expect unlikely coincidences to happen; Arthur Benjamin and Ethan Brown unveil techniques for improvising custom-made magic number squares; Dana Mackenzie describes how mathematicians are making essential contributions to the development of synthetic biology; Steven Strogatz tells us why it's worth writing about math for people who are alienated from it; Lisa Rougetet traces the earliest written descriptions of Nim, a popular game of mathematical strategy; Scott Aaronson looks at the unexpected implications of testing numbers for randomness; and much, much more.

In addition to presenting the year's most memorable writings on mathematics, this must-have anthology includes a bibliography of other notable writings and an introduction by the editor, Mircea Pitici. This book belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in where math has taken us--and where it is headed.

This annual anthology brings together the year?s finest mathematics writing from around the world. Featuring promising new voices alongside some of the foremost names in the field,The Best Writing on Mathematics 2015 makes available to a wide audience many articles not easily found anywhere else?and you don?t need to be a mathematician to enjoy them. These writings offer surprising insights into the nature, meaning, and practice of mathematics today. They delve into the history, philosophy, teaching, and everyday occurrences of math, and take readers behind the scenes of today?s hottest mathematical debates.

Here David Hand explains why we should actually expect unlikely coincidences to happen; Arthur Benjamin and Ethan Brown unveil techniques for improvising custom-made magic squares; Erica Klarreich describes the growing role of computer experiments in mathematical research; Steven Strogatz tells us why it?s worth writing about math for people who are alienated from it; Jeremy Gray dissects the complex relationship between vision and rigor in the work of the great mathematician Henri Poincaré; Scott Aaronson looks at the unexpected implications of testing numbers for randomness; and much, much more.

In addition to presenting the year?s most memorable writings on mathematics, this must-have anthology includes a bibliography of other notable writings and an introduction by the editor, Mircea Pitici. This book belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in where math has taken us?and where it is headed.

Number of Pages: 36316
Genre: Mathematics
Sub-Genre: Essays, Reference
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr
Language: English
Street Date: January 12, 2016
TCIN: 23936737
UPC: 9780691169651
Item Number (DPCI): 247-49-7954
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