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The Best Writing on Mathematics 2016 [Paperback]

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ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0691175292
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780691175294
Publisher Publisher : Princeton University Press
Pages Pages : 408
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100119747

The year's finest mathematics writing from around the world

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 2016makes available to a wide audience many articles not easily found anywhere elseand 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 Burkard Polster shows how to invent your own variants of the Spot It! card game, Steven Strogatz presents young Albert Einstein's proof of the Pythagorean Theorem, Joseph Dauben and Marjorie Senechal find a treasure trove of math in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Andrew Gelman explains why much scientific research based on statistical testing is spurious. In other essays, Brian Greene discusses the evolving assumptions of the physicists who developed the mathematical underpinnings of string theory, Jorge Almeida examines the misperceptions of people who attempt to predict lottery results, and Ian Stewart offers advice to authors who aspire to write successful math books for general readers. And there's 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 usand where it is headed.

Mircea Piticiholds a PhD in mathematics education from Cornell University and is working on a master's degree in library and information science at Syracuse University. He has editedThe Best Writing on Mathematicssince 201lĂ*

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