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The Nature and Power of Mathematics

The Nature and Power of Mathematics

This captivating book explains some of the most fascinating ideas of mathematics to nonspecialists, focusing on non-Euclidean geometry, number theory, and fractals. Numerous illustrations. 1993 edition.

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ISBN 9780486152158
Published 19 February 2013 by Dover Publications Inc.
Available in EPUB format
Software Read in Browser or Adobe Ebook Compatible Device
Language en
Author(s) By Davis, Donald M.
Series Dover Books on Mathematics
Availability Wheelers ePlatform

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ISBN-13 9780486152158
ISBN-10 0486152154
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher Dover Publications Inc.
Imprint Dover Publications
Publication Date 19 February 2013
International Publication Date 19 March 2013
Publication Country United States United States
Format EPUB ebook
Author(s) By Davis, Donald M.
Series Dover Books on Mathematics
Category Mathematics
Philosophy Of Mathematics
Non-Euclidean Geometry
Number of Pages 400
Dimensions Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
NBS Text Mathematics
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 516.9
Catalogue Code 857781

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This captivating book explains some of mathematics' most fascinating ideas to nonspecialists. It explores items of philosophical and historical interest, discusses the often-surprising applicability of mathematics, and reveals the subject's intrinsic beauty. Author Donald M. Davis focuses on three main areas: non-Euclidean geometry, a basis for relativity theory; number theory, a major component of cryptography; and fractals, the key elements of computer-generated art. He also discusses related topics, such as the relevance of Greek mathematics to Kepler's laws of planetary motion, and the theoretical work that led to the development of computers. Only a background in basic algebra and geometry is necessary to appreciate this volume, which features exercises that further develop some of its important concepts. Graded according to difficulty, these exercises are designed to improve readers' skills in logic, and to enable them to experience mathematics at increasingly advanced levels. Supplementary materials at the end of each chapter include intriguing examples of the subjects' applications, as well as biographical sketches of Archimedes, Einstein, Newton, and other luminaries of mathematics.

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