The Best Writing on Mathematics 2011

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Автор: Pitici, Mircea

Название: The Best Writing on Mathematics 2011

Язык: английский

Издательство: Princeton : Princeton University Press

Год: 2012

Объем: 416 p.

Серия: The Best Writing on Mathematics

Формат: pdf

Размер: 13,3 mb

This 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 2011 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 Ian Hacking discusses the salient features that distinguish mathematics from other disciplines of the mind; Doris Schattschneider identifies some of the mathematical inspirations of M. C. Escher's art; Jordan Ellenberg describes compressed sensing, a mathematical field that is reshaping the way people use large sets of data; Erica Klarreich reports on the use of algorithms in the job market for doctors; and much, much more.

In addition to presenting the year's most memorable writings on mathematics, this must-have anthology includes a foreword by esteemed physicist and mathematician Freeman Dyson. This book belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in where math has taken us--and where it is headed.


Foreword: Recreational Mathematics Freeman Dyson

Introduction Mircea Pitici

What Is Mathematics For? Underwood Dudley

A Tisket, a Tasket, an Apollonian Gasket Dana Mackenzie

The Quest for God's Number Rik van Grol

Meta-morphism: From Graduate Student to Networked Mathematician Andrew Schultz

One, Two, Many: Individuality and Collectivity in Mathematics Melvyn B. Nathanson

Reflections on the Decline of Mathematical Tables Martin Campbell-Kelly

Under-Represented Then Over-Represented: A Memoir of Jews in American Mathematics Reuben Hersh

Did Over-Reliance on Mathematical Models for Risk Assessment Create the Financial Crisis? David J. Hand

Full in the Blanks: Using Math to Turn Lo-Res Datasets into Hi-Res Samples Jordan Ellenbkrg

The Great Principles of Computing Peter J. Denning

Computer Generation of Ribbed Sculptures James Hamlin and Carlo H. Sequin

Lorenz System Offers Manifold PossibilitiesJor Art Barry A. Cipra

The Mathematical Side of M. C. Escher Doris Schattschneider

Celebrating Mathematics in Stone and Bronze Helaman Ferguson and Claire Ferguson

Mathematics Education: Theory, Practice, and Memories over 50 Years John Mason

Thinking and Comprehending in the Mathematics Classroom Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Heather Anderson

Teaching Research: Encouraging Discoveries Francis Edward Su

Reflections of an Accidental Theorist Alan H. Schoenfeld

The Conjoint Origin of Proof and Theoretical Physics Hans Niels Jahnke

What Makes Mathematics Mathematics? Ian Hacking

What Anti-realism in Philosophy of Mathematics Must Offer Feng Ye

Seeing Numbers Ivan M. Havel

Autism and Mathematical Talent Ioan James

How Much Math is Too Much Math? Chris J. Budd and Rob Eastaway

Hidden Dimensions Marianne Freiberger

Playing with Matches Erica Klarreich

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