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Lion Hunting and Other Mathematical Pursuits: A Collection of Mathematics, Verse, and Stories (Dolciani Mathematical Expositions, Vol 15) 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 088385323X
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'I highly recommend Lion Hunting and Other Mathematical Pursuits to high school mathematics clubs, mathematics teachers of all levels, and anyone interested in mathematics. Perhaps the most important feature of this book is how it subtly makes the reader aware of the nature of mathematics.' The Mathematics Teacher

Book Description

This marvelous collection of Boas memorabilia contains not only the original article from the famous paper of 1938, 'A Contribution to the Mathematical Theory of Big Game Hunting', but also several additional articles. Once you are through with lion hunting, you can search the remainder of the book to find numerous gems by and about this remarkable mathematician.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: The Mathematical Association of America; 1st edition (January 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088385323X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883853238
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,074,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From "Lion Hunting": [Mathematical Reviews] sent me a paper by a Japanese author who kept referring to "stricken mass distributions." I couldn't figure out what those were, and finally wrote to the editor of the journal in which the paper had appeared He sent me a copy of the referee's report, which had been sent to the author; this said, in part, "The term 'generalized mass distribution' is no longer used. The word 'generalized' should be stricken."

Ralph P. Boas, Jr. in a recollection from working for the Mathematical Reviews

From "Lion Hunting": Murray Peshkin listened to an explanation by a student, along the lines of (a long statement), 'so' (another long statement). Murray said, "I understand everything except the 'so.'"

Recollection of Boas on teaching

The subtitle of this book is "A Collection of Mathematics, Verse, and Stories by Ralph P. Boas, Jr." One doesn't usually think of mathematics and verse together, unless one is a mathematician.

I have a variety of books on my shelves that are expositions of mathematics or what might be considered popular mathematics. There are times when I bought a book because I thought I would want to read it later only to find my tastes in mathematical topics had changed before I got a chance. In fact, I rarely read any of these books and have given many away.

This one I'm glad I kept. The chapters are relatively short and range from articles from mathematical journals, poetry about mathematics or the profession, short pieces of fiction or mathematical reviews, and reminiscences by Boas and some of his students.

I was delighted by the stories of studying mathematics and being at various universities.
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