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An Elementary Approach to Ideas and Methods. Revised by '. Easily understandable. Written for beginners and scholars, for students and teachers, for philosophers and engineers.

## What Is Mathematics An Elementary Approach To Ideas And Methods (Second Edition 1996)

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — What Is Mathematics? What Is Mathematics? Herbert Robbins ,. Ian Stewart. For more than two thousand years a familiarity with mathematics has been regarded as an indispensable part of the intellectual equipment of every cultured person.

Today, unfortunately, the traditional place of mathematics in education is in grave danger. The teaching and learning of mathematics has degenerated into the realm of rote memorization, the outcome of which leads For more than two thousand years a familiarity with mathematics has been regarded as an indispensable part of the intellectual equipment of every cultured person.

The teaching and learning of mathematics has degenerated into the realm of rote memorization, the outcome of which leads to satisfactory formal ability but does not lead to real understanding or to greater intellectual independence. This new edition of Richard Courant's and Herbert Robbins's classic work seeks to address this problem. Its goal is to put the meaning back into mathematics.

Written for beginners and scholars, for students and teachers, for philosophers and engineers, What is Mathematics? Second Edition is a sparkling collection of mathematical gems that offers an entertaining and accessible portrait of the mathematical world.

Covering everything from natural numbers and the number system to geometrical constructions and projective geometry, from topology and calculus to matters of principle and the Continuum Hypothesis, this fascinating survey allows readers to delve into mathematics as an organic whole rather than an empty drill in problem solving.

With chapters largely independent of one another and sections that lead upward from basic to more advanced discussions, readers can easily pick and choose areas of particular interest without impairing their understanding of subsequent parts. Brought up to date with a new chapter by Ian Stewart, What is Mathematics?

Second Edition offers new insights into recent mathematical developments and describes proofs of the Four-Color Theorem and Fermat's Last Theorem, problems that were still open when Courant and Robbins wrote this masterpiece, but ones that have since been solved. Formal mathematics is like spelling and grammar - a matter of the correct application of local rules.

Meaningful mathematics is like journalism - it tells an interesting story. But unlike some journalism, the story has to be true. The best mathematics is like literature - it brings a story to life before your eyes and involves you in it, intellectually and emotionally.

What is Mathematics is like a fine piece of literature - it opens a window onto the world of mathematics for anyone interested to view. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published July 18th by Oxford University Press first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about What Is Mathematics? Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details.

More filters. Sort order. Start your review of What Is Mathematics? Sep 19, Will rated it it was amazing. This is the ideal book to read during the last years at school, or early in an undergraduate degree.

School maths is often about understanding mathematical concepts intuitively via rote learning, repetition and visualization. This book teaches you how mathematical knowledge is arrived at by looking carefully at a few simple ideas and building upon them.

This book is also ideal reading for anybody who wants to improve their general mathematical literacy. Perhaps many people who don't know much abo This is the ideal book to read during the last years at school, or early in an undergraduate degree. Perhaps many people who don't know much about mathematics think that it is about arithmetic or calculation - it is easy to get that impression when school mathematics centers mostly around solving uninteresting problems, which often involve a lot of calculation.

This book shows that mathematics is about understanding the properties and behaviour of mathematical objects. What are numbers? Why do they behave the way they do when we carry out operations on them?

Why can some shapes be constructed with ruler and compass, but some not? The book requires patience and time to read. Don't read it if you are in a hurry. Jan 21, Dave H rated it really liked it Shelves: sciences. I had a trigonometry professor who at least pushed understanding what you were doing. It was in my first semester of the calculus that math started to make sense.

This book ties it all up with a nice bow. The long chapter on maxima and minima -- went on long, I was ready to put the book down and then it made this brilliant transition to the calculus. I'm sure the more math you've had, the more you will get out of this book -- some sections may be rough if you haven't had some trig and the calculus and I was a little lost more than once anyway. Shelves: likely-reread , she-blinded-me-with-science , textbook-as-literature.

Wow, that was absolutely beautiful! Thanks for the heads-up, Alex! I really, really wish I'd have had this book back as a senior or junior in high school; I'd have been able to plan out my math classes early on much better why on earth did I take Dynamics and Bifurcations?!?!

I think this will be my default high school graduation present to anyone with an inkling Wow, that was absolutely beautiful! I think this will be my default high school graduation present to anyone with an inkling of mathematical talent from now on rather than the more intimidating Road to Reality , which likely just frightens people. As they said in Mathematical Review , "A work of extraordinary perfection.

View 2 comments. Jul 11, Thierry Uwilingiyimana is currently reading it Shelves: math. Einstein put it best when he said: "[this book is:] a lucid representation of the fundamental concepts and methods of the whole field of mathematics. Feb 01, Shaun Zhang rated it it was amazing Shelves: mathematics. This is a magnificent book for laymen who want to know about mathematics. This is a sensational book for amateurs who wish to widen and deepen understanding of mathematics. This is an indispensable book for educators who need to find wonderful examples to inspire children and students.

Everyone does not want to miss this. Chapter 3 introduces the ruler and compass construction. This chapter firstly discusses the cl This is a magnificent book for laymen who want to know about mathematics. This chapter firstly discusses the classical geometry of Des Cartes, namely how to construct the finite sums, differences, products, quotients and square roots of given line section. Then explains the construtable problems. Finally proves the impossibilities of the three ancient famous classical construction problems, squaring the circle, doubling the cube and angle trisection, which cost mathematicians hundreds of years to finally figure out.

Readers will be stunned by the connection between algebraic fields and classical geometry, which is an important subject named group theory in modern mathematics. Chapter 4 talks about geometries beyond Euclidean. Readers' recognition about what the geometry is will be totally subverted by finding out that shape, length and area of a figure might not be intrinsic. Put in another word, one might never distinguish a square from a rectangle and never measure a unique value of its side length or area.

Actually, these concepts are undefined in some geometries. Felix Klein defines geometry in Erlangen program as a subject studying the invariant properties of space under group transformations.

Projective geometry, studying the invariant properties of space under projection, is one of the most famous and intriguing geometries. Actually, projective geometry directly leads to the definition from Klein. In projective geometry, dual roles of line and point make it extremely interesting. Readers will enjoy it from homogeneous coordinate and conic curves. Moreover, authors give a very brief introduction to Riemannian and pseudo Riemannian geometry.

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## What Is Mathematics?: An Elementary Approach to Ideas and Methods

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For more than two thousand years a familiarity with mathematics has been regarded as an indispensable part of the intellectual equipment of every cultured person. Today, unfortunately, the traditional place of mathematics in education is in grave danger. The teaching and learning of mathematics has degenerated into the realm of rote memorization, the outcome of which leads to satisfactory formal ability but does not lead to real understanding or to greater intellectual independence.

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