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  • Series: What's Happening in the Mathermatical Sciences (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: American Mathematical Society (December 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821807668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821807668
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,145,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. Chernick on February 16, 2008
Barry Cipra is an excellent writer of mathematical articles for the public. This is the fourth in a series that started in 1993 covering recent developments in mathematics of general interest to the public. This volume covers the period from 1998-1999. most interesting to me is the coverage of the developments in artificial intelligence and how it is being used to master difficult combinatorial games like chess and go. In the case of chess he details the developments from the IBM researchers who developed the Deep Blue program that defeated world chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1997 after some early unsuccessful attempts.

I also was very interested in the work of Paul Erdos that is described along with Dr. Grossman's fun research on Erdos numbers. Because Erdos published so many mathematical papers and nearly all were coauthored there are many mathematicians with Erdos number 1 (coauthor of at least one published paper with Erdos). This happened partly because Erdos was a wanderer who had no permanent home and liked to travel from campus to campus throughout the world. At each stop he would usually stay long enough to produce at least one joint publication.

The Erdos number is defined as the number of links through coauthorship that are required to connect you to Paul Erdos. Since I have published a number of papers with statisticians who could be connected to Erdos, I contacted Grossman to find out if I had a finite Erdos number. It turned out that my Erdos number is 3! I published a paper with McCormick who on another occasion published a paper with Canfield and Canfield once published a paper with Erdos. So Canfield has an Erdos number of 1, McCormick's is 2 and mine is 3. Defining the number requires checking all links with coauthors of Erdos.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Timothy E. McMahon on April 24, 2002
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This is an excellent book for those who have an interest in the mathematical sciences and the personalities that make up the field. Cipra takes a complex science and makes it available to anyone from the high schooler to the educated layman.
The article on Erdos is well done and is an excellent companion to The Man Who Loved Only Numbers and Poincare's famous article "Mathematical Discovery" points out the Eureca moment and the deep thinking for which mathematicians are so well known.
The American Mathematical Society is in the process of preparing another work in this series, and I for one am waiting anxiously for its release.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 2001
What's Happening in the Mathematical Sciences is an yearly publication about recent interesting happenings in Mathematical field.
All the articles are very will written and are suitable for general audience as well as more informed. Barry Cipra has the ability to arouse an interest in the reader to learn more about the topics covered. This issue contains articles on Deep Blue, Chaos, Paul Erdös, Algebraic Geometry, Cryptogrpahy and many more.
One more plus point is reprint of Henri Poincaré's "Mathematical Discovery", written in the start of twentieth century.
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