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New trade paperback size copy of Concerts of Modern Mathematics by Ian Stewart. Unabridged, corrected, slightly enlarged Dover (1995) republication of the edition published by Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England, 1981 (original edition: 1975). Preface to the Dover Edition. Appendix. 200 illustrations. Bibliography. Index. Dover Publications, Mineola NY, 1995. 352 pages, 5-3/8 x 8-1/2 inches, 22 cm.Always! Free Standard Shipping in USA!
Some years ago, "new math" took the country's classrooms by storm. Based on the abstract, general style of mathematical exposition favored by research mathematicians, its goal was to teach students not just to manipulate numbers and formulas, but to grasp the underlying mathematical concepts. The result, at least at first, was a great deal of confusion among teachers, students, and parents. Since then, the negative aspects of "new math" have been eliminated and its positive elements assimilated into classroom instruction.
In this charming volume, a noted English mathematician uses humor and anecdote to illuminate the concepts underlying "new math": groups, sets, subsets, topology, Boolean algebra, and more. According to Professor Stewart, an understanding of these concepts offers the best route to grasping the true nature of mathematics, in particular the power, beauty, and utility of pure mathematics. No advanced mathematical background is needed (a smattering of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry is helpful) to follow the author's lucid and thought-provoking discussions of such topics as functions, symmetry, axiomatics, counting, topology, hyperspace, linear algebra, real analysis, probability, computers, applications of modern mathematics, and much more.
By the time readers have finished this book, they'll have a much clearer grasp of how modern mathematicians look at figures, functions, and formulas and how a firm grasp of the ideas underlying "new math" leads toward a genuine comprehension of the nature of mathematics itself.
Title: Concepts of Modern Mathematics
Publisher: Dover Publications: 1995-02-01
ISBN Number: 0486284247
ISBN Number 13: 9780486284248
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