The Best Writing on Mathematics 2011 by Mircea Pitici

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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.

 

About Mircea Pitici

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Mircea Pitici is a PhD candidate in mathematics education at Cornell University. He teaches mathematics courses and writing seminars at Cornell and Ithaca College.
 
Published November 7, 2011 by Princeton University Press. 414 pages
Genres: Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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After the International Congress of Mathematics (IGM) was held in Amsterdam in 1954, he exchanged letters with the mathematician George Pólya, and then became known to and influenced mathematicians outside of Holland, including the mathematician and physicist Roger Penrose, with whom he also ente...

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“Those wild and crazy mathematicians! . . . The Best Writing on Mathematics 2011 is so valuable that this reviewer plans to read it twice again. . . . This collection is just that good.”

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