Mathematics a very short introduction timothy gowers

The book places a refreshing emphasis on abstraction in mathematics. To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. Actually I think the book can be very enlightening for math undergraduate students, especially fo As the name suggests the book tries to tell a non-mathematician but interested person, what is Math about, what is it's goals, how mathematicians think and some techniques and results of modern and classical Math.

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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 abstraction of math is covered in 3-key senses of the word "abstract. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Later chapters are interesting but more abstract as well; hence, they will need more effort to appreciate.

Secondly they are often derived by "abstracting" properties of interest from real-world objects analogically.

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I would say that the best audience of the book is a beginning undergrad in a stem program, a motivated and mature high school students with a keen interest mathematcis maths or a layman with some maturity of mathematical concepts.

Nov 07, Shubhankar Deshpande rated it it was amazing.

Although the book is beautifully written and a clearer exposition could not be imagined, I hesitate to recommend it to anyone who doesn't already know a substantial amount of mathematics - it is just too difficult. Even though mathematics students and professional mathematicians will know all the results presented, they should enjoy the path taken through them.

The target audience seems to be laymen e. Is it true that mathematicians are past it by the time they are 30?

These two concepts and how the are used in what Timothy calls the ''abstract method'' are the spine of the book and worth buying just for those two only. 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. There were parts, naturally, that I did not understand. Jul 12, Anton Mies rated it really liked it. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Other books in the series. What the book does, is to introduce us to the world of mathematics, what it isall about and how mathematicians approach different ideas and the way Timothy does that is by explaining an array of different ideas from model building, basic arithmetic, formal proofs, complex numbers, number theory, coordinate systems, infinity, higher dimensions, non Eucledian geometries, approximations etc.

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'Mathematics: a Very Short Introduction'

The book places a refreshing emphasis on abstraction in mathematics. Concepts of limits and infinity are great.

Coursebooks Readers Learner's Dictionaries. Sign in to annotate. I'm more interested in math timorhy I was a student.

Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction by Timothy Gowers

Public Health and Epidemiology. Description Index About the author Reviews. This among many other examples introduces readers to different paradigms of thought and reinforces the principle of thinking abstractly. This approach is made by explaining the square root of two 2.

Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction

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I was searching for books to recommend to my students and after finishing that i would highly recommend it. This book has vividly elaborated how the complex set of theorems or proofs arise from the basics axioms.

I think it is a perfect gift for high school students who are kntroduction towards Math but are unsure of what to explore in Math. A Very Short Introduction is to explain, carefully but not technically, the differences between advanced, research-level mathematics, and the sort of mathematics we learn at school.

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