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Encyclopedia of Mathematics (Facts on File Science Dictionary)

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Researcher, author, and educator Tanton has compiled this encyclopedia to share his enthusiasm for thinking about and doing mathematics. More than 800 alphabetically arranged entries present a wide variety of mathematical definitions, theorems, historical figures, formulas, examples, charts, and pictures. Many cross-references serve to connect concepts or extend a concept further. A mathematical time line listing major accomplishments is available following the entries, along with a list of current mathematics organizations. The bibliography contains print and Web resources, and the index is helpful in locating terms and concepts.

Each entry varies in length depending on the term, concept, or person being described. Six longer essays describe the history of the branches of mathematics. The writing style is straightforward and readable and sometimes contains parenthetical notes that add background or context. If an entry contains a word or words in capital letters, that term or person is also an entry in the encyclopedia.

This source would be useful in a high-school library, public library, and academic library as a basic resource for students who wish to have a better understanding of simple or not-so--simple mathematical concepts. It is hoped that the author is rewarded in his goal of encouraging mathematics students to go beyond rote memorization of mathematical steps or skills. This encyclopedia will certainly assist them toward that goal. Kathryn O'Gorman
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Product Details

  • Series: Facts on File Science Dictionary
  • Hardcover: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Facts (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816051240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816051243
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #936,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This wonderful volume is one of four works I always keep in digital or desk drawer reach while reading/studying/ referencing any other math book or journal article, the complete list being:

-- Encyclopedia Of Mathematics (Science Encyclopedia)

-- The Princeton Companion to Mathematics

-- Handbook of Mathematical Functions: with Formulas, Graphs, and Mathematical Tables (Dover Books on Mathematics)

-- NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions (Being of course the 2010 update of the Abramowitz classic above).

Given these four, there is hardly a topic from among the current 495 math fields of study that isn't at least explained in enough detail to save LOTS of time on link expeditions. At minimum, these give head starts on alphabetized keywords that will quickly fill holes in any research project, class, or syllabus.
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This remarkable book is not just a collection of facts about mathematics, but is a fairly detailed treatment (within the limits imposed by space considerations) of various mathematical terms and topics. It does not restrict itself to simple mathematics and devotes full attention to several advanced concepts, but is always clearly written. I really commend the author for including proofs for some of the more important theorems and results (e.g. proof of the fundamemtal theorem of algebra, derivation of the least-squares method, and many more).

And yes, you *will* learn tons and tons of things from this excellent book. It is a must read for anybody interested in mathematics!
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Looking for divisibility rules for numbers that you didn't think had divisibility rules? Looking for names of symbols you didn't think had names? Dr. Tanton provides the facts and the explanations along with the stories behind the topics.
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This is the definitive resource for those of you who love to be able to pick up a book and look up mathematics information. I took four graduate courses with James Tanton; he has an amazing mind, but he is SO humble and makes mathematics accessible for anyone and everyone. The book is an extension of the way he teaches. This is a must have for any mathematician; I bought it as a gift for my son when he received his BS in math.
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