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Yearning for the Impossible

Yearning for the Impossible - 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-1568812540

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ISBN13: 978-1568812540
ISBN10: 156881254X
Edition: 06
Copyright: 2006
Publisher: A K Peters, Ltd.
Published: 2006
International: No

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Yearning for the Impossible - 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-1568812540

John Stillwell

ISBN13: 978-1568812540
ISBN10: 156881254X
Edition: 06
Copyright: 2006
Publisher: A K Peters, Ltd.
Published: 2006
International: No
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.

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