- Series: Science Encyclopedia
- Hardcover: 568 pages
- Publisher: Facts on File (June 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0816051240
- ISBN-13: 978-0816051243
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.5 x 11.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #933,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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James Tanton is the founding director of the St. Mark's Institute of Mathematics.
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-- 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.
And yes, you *will* learn tons and tons of things from this excellent book. It is a must read for anybody interested in mathematics!
IF YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A REFERENCE GUIDE, THAT PROBABLY WONT TEACH YOU ANYTHING, THEN THIS IS PROBABLY EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT. BUY THE BOOK!