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Mathematics: Queen and Servant of Science (Spectrum)

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ISBN-13: 978-0883854471
ISBN-10: 0883854473
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'The book deserves a place in today's market. It is rewarding reading for teachers and students at all mathematical levels.' Morris Kline

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An absorbing account of pure and applied mathematics from the geometry of Euclid to that of Riemann, and its application in Einstein's theory of relativity. The twenty chapters cover such topics as: algebra, number theory, logic, probability, infinite sets and the foundations of mathematics, rings, matrices, transformations, groups, geometry, and topology. Mathematics was republished in 1987 with corrections and an added foreword by Martin Gardner.
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Product Details

  • Series: Spectrum
  • Paperback: 463 pages
  • Publisher: The Mathematical Association of America (September 30, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883854473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883854471
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I will keep this very brief. I am an electrical engineer and computer scientist, and, after a couple of decades in the "commercial world" , am always amazed at the "unreal effectiveness" of mathematics when applied to this and the real world. Bell's book captures this essence in a timeless tome that must be required reading and regular re-reading for all aspiring. and indeed, practising, mathematicians, engineers and scientists. It is a source of both inspiration and "bringing back to earth" to those that read it. No serious practitioners library should be without it.
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One of the most thorough surveys of mathematics I have read. Tends to concentrate on algebras. Too little on probability and statistics. Also somewhat dated for anything near cutting edge. Nothing on computer science or computational theory, for example. For a newer survey, esp more on philosophical and applications, though less on how it is done, you might try Davis & Hersh, The Mathematical Experience.
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One of the most thorough surveys of mathematics I have read. Tends to concentrate on algebras. Too little on probability and statistics. Also somewhat dated for anything near cutting edge. Nothing on computer science or computational theory, for example. For a newer survey, esp more on philosophical and applications, though less on how it is done, you might try Davis & Hersh, The Mathematical Experience.
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An excellently presented study on the subject, I am enjoying it so far and find it very easy to follow.
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I agree with Charles Ashbacher's review. Bell's book is full of insight and a delight to read.
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