Prelude to Mathematics

Prelude to Mathematics

Paperback Dover Books on Mathematics

By (author) W. W. Sawyer

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  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 208mm x 15mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 17 February 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0486244016
  • ISBN 13: 9780486244013
  • Edition: Revised
  • Edition statement: Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 358,439

Product description

Noted mathematician s lively, stimulating account of non-Euclidean geometry, matrices, determinants, group theory, other topics. Emphasis on novel, striking aspects."

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A prolific author who sought to make math interesting and accessible to all, W. W. Sawyer (1911-2008) was a professor at the University of Toronto for more than three decades. Dover has reprinted his The Mathematician's Delight, which has been in print continuously since 1943 and has sold over 500,000 copies.

Table of contents

1. On Beauty and Power2. What are the Qualities of a Mathematician?3. Pattern in Elementary Mathematics4. Generalization in Elementary Mathematics5. On Unification6. Geometries other than Euclid's7. Algebra without Arithmetic8. Matrix Alegbra9. Determinants10. Projective Geometry11. On Apparent Impossibilities12. On Transformations13. Finite Arithmetics and Geometries14. On Groups