Mathematics

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This book aims to explain, in clear non-technical language,what it is that mathematicians do, and how that differs from and builds on the mathematics that most people are familiar with from school. It is the ideal introduction for anyone who wishes to deepen their understanding of mathematics.

ISBN: 9780192853615 Author: Gowers, Timothy Publisher: Oxford University Press Publication Date: 22nd August 2002 Imprint: Oxford University Press Cover: Paperback Dewey: 510 (edition:21) Pages: 143 Language: English Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

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 understanding of paradoxical-sounding concepts such as infinity, curved space, and imaginary numbers. The first few chapters are about general aspects of mathematical thought. These arefollowed by discussions of more specific topics, and the book closes with a chapter answering common sociological questions about the mathematical community (such as “Is it true that mathematicians burn out at the age of 25?”)ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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