An Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning: Numbers, Sets and Functions (Paperback)
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Short Description for An Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning The purpose of this book is to introduce the basic ideas of mathematical proof and reasoning to students starting university mathematics.
- Published: 28 January 1998
- Format: Paperback 362 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780521597180 ISBN 10: 0521597188
- Sales rank: 192,501
Full description for An Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning
The purpose of this book is to introduce the basic ideas of mathematical proof to students embarking on university mathematics. The emphasis is on helping the reader in understanding and constructing proofs and writing clear mathematics. This is achieved by exploring set theory, combinatorics and number theory, topics which include many fundamental ideas which are part of the tool kit of any mathematician. This material illustrates how familiar ideas can be formulated rigorously, provides examples demonstrating a wide range of basic methods of proof, and includes some of the classic proofs. The book presents mathematics as a continually developing subject. Material meeting the needs of readers from a wide range of backgrounds is included. Over 250 problems include questions to interest and challenge the most able student as well as plenty of routine exercises to help familiarize the reader with the basic ideas.