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Letters to a young mathematician

"Letters to a Young Mathematician tells readers what Ian Stewart wishes he had known when he was a student. He takes up subjects from the philosophical to the practical - what mathematics is and why it's worth doing, the relationship between logic and proof, the role of beauty in mathematical thinking, the future of mathematics, how to deal with the peculiarities of the mathematical community, and many others - in a style that combines subtle, easygoing humor with a talent for cutting to the heart of the matter"--Jacket
eBook, English, ©2006
Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, New York, ©2006
Trivia and miscellanea
1 online resource (xii, 210 pages) : illustrations
9780465008414, 9781299441606, 0465008410, 1299441602
Why do math?
How I almost became a lawyer
The breadth of mathematics
Hasn't it all been done?
Surrounded by math
How mathematicians think
How to learn math
Fear of proofs
Can't computers solve everything?
Mathematical storytelling
Going for the jugular
Impossible problems
The career ladder
Pure or applied?
Where do you get those crazy ideas?
How to teach math
The mathematical community
Pigs and pickup trucks
Pleasures and perils of collaboration
Is God a mathematician?