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Yearning for the Impossible - 06 edition

Yearning for the Impossible (ISBN10: 156881254X; ISBN13: 9781568812540)
ISBN13: 978-1568812540
ISBN10: 156881254X

Summary: This book explores the history of mathematics from the perspective of the creative tension between common sense and the "impossible" as the author follows the discovery or invention of new concepts that have marked mathematical progress:
  • Irrational and Imaginary Numbers
  • The Fourth Dimension
  • Curved Space
  • Infinity and others
The author puts these creations into a broa
der context involving related "impossibilities" from art, literature, philosophy, and physics. By imbedding mathematics into a broader cultural context and through his clever and enthusiastic explication of mathematical ideas the author broadens the horizon of students beyond the narrow confines of rote memorization and engages those who are curious about the place of mathematics in our intellectual landscape.
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Summary: This book explores the history of mathematics from the perspective of the creative tension between common sense and the "impossible" as the author follows the discovery or invention of new concepts that have marked mathematical progress:
  • Irrational and Imaginary Numbers
  • The Fourth Dimension
  • Curved Space
  • Infinity and others
The author puts these creations into a broader context involving related "impossibilities" from art, literature, philosophy, and physics. By imbedding mathematics into a broader cultural context and through his clever and enthusiastic explication of mathematical ideas the author broadens the horizon of students beyond the narrow confines of rote memorization and engages those who are curious about the place of mathematics in our intellectual landscape. ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 06
Cover: Hardback
Publisher: A K Peters, Ltd.
Year Published: 2006
International: No



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