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The Resource Mathematics is not a spectator sport, George Phillips

Mathematics is not a spectator sport, George Phillips

Label
Mathematics is not a spectator sport
Title
Mathematics is not a spectator sport
Statement of responsibility
George Phillips
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Mathematics Is Not a Spectator Sport challenges the reader to become an active mathematician. Beginning at a gentle pace, the author encourages the reader to get involved, with discussions of an exciting variety of topics, each placed in its historical context, including: @* The surprising achievements of early Babylonian mathematics;@* The fascinating arithmetic of continued fractions;@* Geometric origins of the Euclidean algorithm;@* Infinite sets and the pioneering work of Georg Cantor;@* The sieve of Eratosthenes, which is used for finding primes;@* Gauss's conjecture about the density of primes;@* Special methods for finding really large primes, and a discussion of the famous Riemann hypothesis;@* A combinatorial interpretation of the Fibonacci numbers;@* A study of properties of the triangle, including one named after Napoleon;@* The application of algebraic methods to solve geometrical problems;@* The study of symmetries using algebraic methods;@* The foundations of group theory;@* An algebraic interpretation of the Platonic solids. The chapters are largely self-contained and each topic can be understood independently. However, the author draws many connections between the various topics to demonstrate their interplay and role within the context of mathematics as a whole. Lots of carefully chosen problems are included at the end of each section to stimulate the reader's development as a mathematician. This book is intended for those beginning their study of mathematics at the university level, as well as the general reader who would like to learn more about what it means to "do" mathematics
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Cataloging source
GW5XE
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Phillips, George
Dewey number
510
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
English
LC call number
QA39.3
LC item number
.P485 2005eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Mathematics
  • Mathématiques
  • Mathématique
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Mathématique
Target audience
adult
Label
Mathematics is not a spectator sport, George Phillips
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-236) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Squares -- Numbers, Numbers Everywhere -- Fibonacci Numbers -- Choice and Chance -- Geometrical Constructions -- The Algebra of Groups -- References -- Index
Control code
209834018
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 240 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780387255286
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.1007/0-387-28697-7
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
978-0-387-25528-6
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)209834018
Label
Mathematics is not a spectator sport, George Phillips
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-236) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Squares -- Numbers, Numbers Everywhere -- Fibonacci Numbers -- Choice and Chance -- Geometrical Constructions -- The Algebra of Groups -- References -- Index
Control code
209834018
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 240 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780387255286
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.1007/0-387-28697-7
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
978-0-387-25528-6
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)209834018

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