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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 1 edition (Feb. 1 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486284247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486284248
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
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About the Author

Ian Stewart is Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University in England. His many books include Does God Play Dice?, The collapse of Chaos (with Jack Cohen), Game, Set and Math, and Fearful Symmetry: Is God a Geometer? (with Martin Golubitsky). He contributed to a wide range of newspapers and
magazines, and writes the "Mathematical Recreations" column of Scientific American.


Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell are the creators of the bestselling Edge Chronicles series and the Far-Flung Adventures. They both live in Brighton, England.


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This charming book was written by a man who knows how to teach, and how to have fun. For example, as each successive topic is discussed, Mr. Stewart is careful to furnish the reader with an intuitive grasp of its main points. Only then, does he delve into the topic's details. However, what really makes this book readable is the author's wit, and sense of delight, as he illuminates--one-by-one--the abstract concepts of modern mathematics. Amazingly, this book can be read by almost anyone, and they will come away with an understanding of the why, and the wherefore, of modern math.
In theory at least, having a degree in pure math meant that I had insights that most engineers don't have. In reality, it meant I was more aware of what I didn't understand. When I got this book, I went straight to the topics I'd never gotten the point of: set theory, topology, and hyperspace. I was not disappointed, but it was not until I settled down and read the whole book that I really got the point. Modern mathematics (modern meaning the late 1800s on) provides a framework for all math. That is why it is--of necessity--more abstract, generalized, and rigorous.
Interestingly, the figures in this book are hand drawn. Perhaps its because this book has a way of transporting the reader to a university classroom - somewhere. It wouldn't have seemed right if the figures were anything but hand drawn.
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This book is very much in the same spirit as more recent books such as Keith Devlin's "Mathematics, the New Golden Age" (which I also recommend). It explains various subjects in pure mathematics in order to make them accessible and interesting to non-mathematicians. A great variety of subjects are covered, including abstract algebra, group theory, number theory, and especially topology, to which the author devotes several chapters. The links between different branches of mathematics (e.g. topology and group theory) are given special attention, and one of the central themes of the book is the fundamental unity of mathematics. I strongly recommend this book to anyone with a serious interest in mathematics. Plus, the price is definitely right!
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Deserves 10 stars. Here is an author who understands so many advanced concepts and who can write smoothly, clearly and convincingly, bearing the reader along with his keen and interesting mind. Convincingly demonstrates the interrelationships between different areas of modern mathematics. Great mathematics for the layman without being in the slightest bit condescending. I have had an amateur's interest in mathematics since high school but was never able to follow it up professionally. This book is the best I have read in the 30 years I have had this interest. A delight to read, educational and informative.
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If you want great mathematical puzzles, you buy a Terry Stickels puzzle book. If you want to read about the universe from the world's best amateur mathematician and physicist, you read Martin Gardner. If you want a professional's point of view of all the above, you read anything by Ian Stewart. This is simply a must read for all clear thinking people.
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