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A New Year’s Present From a Mathematician

1st Edition

By Snezana Lawrence

CRC Press

192 pages | 68 Color Illus.

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A New Year’s Present from a Mathematician is an exciting book dedicated to two questions: What is it that mathematicians do? And who gets to be called a ‘mathematician’ and why?

This book seeks to answer these questions through a series of stories ranging from the beginning of modern mathematics through to the 20th century, but not in a usual, chronological manner. The author weaves her story around major questions concerning nature of mathematics, and links mathematicians by the substance of their ideas and the historical and personal context in which they were developed.

Ideal as a gift for anyone with an interest in mathematics, this book gives a powerful insight into mathematical concepts in an easy-to-read-and-digest manner, without trivializing their nature. The attention given to engaging examples, framed within a poetic narrative structure, means that this book can be enjoyed by almost anyone, regardless of their level of mathematical education.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: January

Chapter 2: February

Chapter 3: March

Chapter 4: April

Chapter 5: May

Chapter 6: June

Chapter 7: July

Chapter 8: August

Chapter 9: September

Chapter 10: October

Chapter 11: November

Chapter 12: December

About the Author

Snezana Lawrence is a mathematical historian, with a particular interest in the links between mathematics, architecture, and the belief systems related to mathematics. Her work on the creativity, identity, and engagement in the learning of mathematics has taken her to be involved in national and international initiatives to promote the use of the history of mathematics in mathematics education.

Twitter @mathshistory, @snezanalawrence


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