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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Masterpiece, 24. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: What Is Mathematics? An Elementary Approach to Ideas and Methods (Oxford Paperbacks) (Taschenbuch)
If you start to read "What is Mathematics?" in order to find a direct answer to the title's issue, forget it! I would like to adapt a piece of "My Brain is Open", by Bruce Schechter, in the following way: "Asking a mathematician to explain exactly what is mathematics is a little like asking a poet what a poem is, or a musician what jazz is. Asked this last question, Louis Armstrong replied, `Man, if you gotta ask, you'll never know.'" On the other hand, if you start to read just to go deeper and deeper in the beautiful, and sometimes magic, structure of Math than I say: Go ahead! Because this book is a perennial source of pleasure. Of course it demands a lot of work to solve some of its problems (at least for me!), but as Courant says, you cannot learn music only by listening! I have reproduced almost all the calculations of this book and I know that it demands a lot of effort, but it is one of the few books I know where each small piece of calculation has its own reward! This book is my definition of perfect guide to Math style! Try it!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Timeless., 16. April 2003
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Palle E T Jorgensen "Palle Jorgensen" (Iowa City, Iowa United States) - Alle meine Rezensionen ansehen
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: What Is Mathematics? An Elementary Approach to Ideas and Methods (Oxford Paperbacks) (Taschenbuch)
Einstein writes..."Easily understandable." And Herman Weyl,..."It is a work of high perfection." It is both for
beginners and for scholars. The first edition by Courant and Robbins, has been revised, with love and care, by Ian Stewart.
Of the sciences, math stands out in the way some central ideas and tools are timeless. Key math ideas from our first mathematical experiences, perhaps early in life, often have more permanence this way. While the fads do change in math, there are some landmarks that remain, and which inspire generations. And they are as useful now as they were at their inception, the fundamentals of numbers, of geometry, of calculus and differential equations. The authors are ambitious in trying to cover the essetials within the span of 500 plus pages. You find the facts, presented in clear and engaging prose, and with lots of illustrations.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Inspiring, 24. Oktober 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: What Is Mathematics? An Elementary Approach to Ideas and Methods (Oxford Paperbacks) (Taschenbuch)
Although I was always good in math in high school, I never really appreciated it. One summer I found this book in a dusty little corner of a bookshelf and I started reading it. I still remember how for the first time, I was inspired by the subject while reading this book. I couldn't stop reading it, until I finished it. At the time, I didn't really know Calculus or any advanced subject and I had never read any math books other than the high school textbooks. This book literally changed my life. I might have forgotten who my first love was, but I remember very well this book after 25 years!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent overview of the subject and some of its techniques, 17. Mai 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: What Is Mathematics? An Elementary Approach to Ideas and Methods (Oxford Paperbacks) (Taschenbuch)
Covers a lot of different branches of mathematics in depth but does not require a significant mathematical backround. This is good for beginners; you can even learn the basics of calculus, and in a much better way than those "calculus made simple" types of books. I particularly liked the sections on algebraic number fields, geometric constructions, Louisville's construction of transendental numbers, a "probabilistic proof" of the Prime Number Theorem, and the whole section on functions and the Calculus. Actually, the whole book was great. Get it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Masterpiece of mathematical exposition, 21. Mai 1999
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Giuseppe A. Paleologo "gappy" (Riverdale, NY United States) - Alle meine Rezensionen ansehen
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: What Is Mathematics? An Elementary Approach to Ideas and Methods (Oxford Paperbacks) (Taschenbuch)
I read this book while in high school, before enrolling in college. I was captured by the beauty of the subject. Every concept seemed alive: a triumph of imagination, intuition and intelligence. I chose Physics and Mathematics thanks to this book. Without exaggeration, this book had a big influence in my life. Still today it has no equals, and is an enjoyable yet challenging reading for any reader armed with a good hig-school-level math knowledge, and some curiosity.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen You'll also learn lots of solid mathematics., 24. Juli 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: What Is Mathematics? An Elementary Approach to Ideas and Methods (Oxford Paperbacks) (Taschenbuch)
So Einstein thought this book "easily understandable" ? Well, if you are a beginner at calculus you will not find it "easily understandable", for that would mean you didn't learn a single new thing! Calculus is perhaps the most profound and far-reaching discovery of the millenium, and is certainly not trivial. However, this magical book is the best possible introduction. It is written so that your perplexities will always be accompanied by so beautiful results or promises of results, that you will be more than ready to do the necessary efforts. These come, for instance, in the form of exercises and in the details of the demonstrations, which are all there. There is no cheating. Well, the book is not only about calculus. There are many previous chapters on theory of numbers, geometry, algebra, topology. But I think it culminates with calculus, and the preceding chapters serve as steps of a staircase leading to it. The new edition has the collaboratio! n of Ian Stewart, an inspired writer.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Good book for a math amateur, 16. Juli 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: What Is Mathematics? An Elementary Approach to Ideas and Methods (Oxford Paperbacks) (Taschenbuch)
I am a college student, majoring in math, but not very far along in my major sequence. I found that this book gave me an understandable perspective on what might lie ahead in my studies. I highly recommend this book for anyone who thinks they might be interested in learning more about Mathematics! It inspired me!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great book for learning AND recreation, 7. März 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: What Is Mathematics? An Elementary Approach to Ideas and Methods (Oxford Paperbacks) (Taschenbuch)
I love math. I eat, drink, and sleep math. But nonetheless I sometimes find it dry. But not in this book. It covers just about every major topic in mathematics (and even dabbles into topology and fractals) and does all this in a way that's very interesting, never dry. I found it impossible to put down.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The best book on mathematics which I ever read!, 26. November 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: What Is Mathematics? An Elementary Approach to Ideas and Methods (Oxford Paperbacks) (Taschenbuch)
This is a "must read" for every student of mathematics, engineering and the sciences. You will not fail to learn something.
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