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Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction

Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction
Author: Timothy Gowers
ISBN 13: 9780192853615
ISBN 10: 192853619
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2002-10
Format: Paperback
Pages: 160
List Price: $11.95

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 most fundamental differences are philosophical, and readers of this book will emerge with a clearer understanding of paradoxical-sounding concepts such as infinity, curved space, and imaginary numbers. The first few chapters are about general aspects of mathematical thought. These are followed by discussions of more specific topics, and the book closes with a chapter answering common sociological questions about the mathematical community (such as "Is it true that mathematicians burn out at the age of 25?") It is the ideal introduction for anyone who wishes to deepen their understanding of mathematics.