The Best Writing on Mathematics 2011
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'tMore »
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.« Less
A tisket, a tasket, an Apollonian gasket / Dana Mackenzie
The quest for God's number / Rik van Grol
Meta-morphism : from graduate student to networked mathematician / Andrew Schultz
One, two, many : individuality and collectivity in mathematics / Melvyn B. Nathanson
Reflections on the decline of mathematical tables / Martin Campbell-Kelly
Under-represented, then over-represented : a memoir of Jews in American mathematics / Reuben Hersh
Did over-reliance on mathematical models for risk assessment create the financial crisis? / David J. Hand
Fill in the blanks : using math to turn lo-res datasets into hi-res samples / Jordan Ellenberg
The great principles of computing / Peter J. Denning
Computer generation of ribbed sculptures / James Hamlin and Carlo H. Séquin
Lorenz system offers manifold possibilities for art / Barry A. Cipra
The mathematical side of M.C. Escher / Doris Schattschneider
Celebrating mathematics in stone and bronze / Helaman Ferguson and Claire Ferguson
Mathematics education : theory, practice, and memories over 50 years / John Mason
Thinking and comprehending in the mathematics classroom / Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Heather Anderson
Teaching research : encouraging discoveries / Francis Edward Su
Reflections of an accidental theorist / Alan H. Schoenfeld
The conjoint origin of proof and theoretical physics / Hans Niels Jahnke
What makes mathematics mathematics? / Ian Hacking
What anti-realism in philosophy of mathematics must offer / Feng Ye
Seeing numbers / Ivan M. Havel
Autism and mathematical talent / Ioan James
How much math is too much math? / Chris J. Budd and Rob Eastaway
Hidden dimensions / Marianne Freiberger
Playing with matches / Erica Klarreich
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