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All the Math that's Fit to Print: Articles from The Guardian

All the Math that's Fit to Print: Articles from The Guardian

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By (author) Keith J. Devlin

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  • Publisher: Mathematical Association of America
  • Format: Paperback | 348 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 248mm x 20mm | 621g
  • Publication date: 5 September 1996
  • Publication City/Country: Washington
  • ISBN 10: 0883855151
  • ISBN 13: 9780883855157
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 1,335,868

Product description

Do you expect to find articles about mathematics in your daily newspaper? If you are a reader of The Guardian you do, or at least you did during the second half of the 1980s. This volume collects many of the columns Keith Devlin wrote for The Guardian. Read them and assign them to your students to read. This is a book for delving in, and is accessible to anyone with an interest in things mathematical. Devlin takes mathematical discoveries and explains them to the interested lay reader. The topics range from computer discoveries dealing with large prime numbers to much deeper results, such as Fermat's Last Theorem. You will find articles on the traveling salesman problem, on cryptology, and on procedures for working out claims for traveling expenses. Although the individual pieces are short and easily read, many contain references to mathematical articles and can form the basis for student research papers.

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'Mathematics and mathematicians can be the objects of public interest, if there are individuals capable of explaining those items in a form that the intelligent reader can follow. Keith Devlin is such a person and the editors of the British paper, The Manchester Guardian, were intelligent enough to understand that. This book should be an element of every public library.' Journal of Recreational Mathematics