Language of Mathematics

Language of Mathematics


By (author) Devlin

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 232mm x 26mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0805072543
  • ISBN 13: 9780805072549
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Sales rank: 68,700

Product description

With 'The Language of Mathematics', award-winning author Keith Devlin reveals the vital role mathematics plays in our eternal quest to understand who we are and the world we live in.

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Author information

Keith Devlin is Dean of the School of Science at Saint Mary's College of California and Senior Researcher at Stanford University's center for the Study of Language and Information. A key participant in the six-part PBS television series "Life by the Numbers," he is the author of "Life by Numbers"; "Goodbye, Descartes"; "Logic and Information"; "Mathematics: The New Golden Age"; and "InfoSense: Turning Information into Knowledge."

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"Keith Devlin's "The Language of Mathematics" is the perfect book for people who have questions about math they've always wanted to ask but were afraid they wouldn't understand the answers to."--"Boston Book Review" "Devlin takes readers on a tour of the numeric underpinnings of everyday life."--"Wired" "As Galileo put it, 'The great book of nature can be read only by those who know the language in which it was written. And this language is mathematics.' Keith Devlin is an apt teacher of the language."--"Scientific American" "Devlin, who is able to write for generalists, embarks on the sea of numbers, shapes, and patterns. His voyage potentially had sixty or so destinations, the discrete topics that make up mathematics; to manage the trip Devlin limits the port of call to eight . . . Devlin's tour indeed achieves its purpose."--"Booklist" "Those interested in a broad take on the history and current state of the art of math should look no further than "The Language of Mathematics.""--"Publishers Weekly"