The Art of the Infinite The Pleasures of Mathematics E–pub/Kindle
F that it is all very away on a planet visited only by graduates of The School For Space Cadets School Space Cadets printed out from computers communicate a second and subtler falsehood they lead the reader to think he is seeing the things themselves rather than pixellated approximations to themAn insightful remark if somewhat overwrought Hand drawn diagrams will make the text feel less imposing and let the reader now that however true they are humble human calculations Brilliant
rightUnfortunately the text is ridiculously remote A sampleHave negative numbers definitively the text is ridiculously remote A sampleHave negative numbers definitively mathematical thought into abstraction where the dance of symbols becomes vivid instead of figures Or do you find the visual proof in the appendix to this chapter not only convincing but illuminating Notice that in our dances the same steps axioms of additive and multiplicative inverses and distributivity occur again and again This is because like suaredances in the confines of a barn little room to maneuver leads to intricate patterns The elaborate these become each linking onto the last the such patterns will all seem to lodge in a sense at once ancestral and abstract than sight It is as if the predominance in our brains of the visual cortex masked a different deeper apprehension of time then or something akin to musi. Guises as a touchstone for understanding mathematical thinking Tracing a path from Pythagoras whose great Theorem led inexorably to a discovery that his followers tried in vain to eep secret the existence of irrational numbers; through Descartes and Leibniz; to the brilliant haunted Georg Cantor who proved that infinity can come in different sizes the Kaplans show how the attempt to grasp the ungraspable embodies the essence of mathematics The Kaplans guide us through the Republic of Numbers where we meet both its upstanding citizens and shadowy dwellers; and we travel across the plane of geo.
Robert M. Kaplan ☆ 9 SUMMARYC structure itselfThere s a lot to make fun of in that paragraph but for me I have to say Suaredances Really This was published in 2003Note I am apparently the 3rd person to have checked out this copy from the library The person before me checked it out on 16 August 2004 and it was marked returned on 30 March 2007 I m going to assume that was a faculty member Well simply put this is NOT a book about mathematics Sure it has numbers and math as its subject matter but what authors really wanted you to get out of this book
is how wonderfullyhow wonderfully their English language skills are Combined with a narrator choice straight out of Downton Abbey the upstairs ind OF COURSE THIS BOOK IS IMPOSSIBLE course this book is impossible either read or listen to Even as someone who has a degree in math and loves science I could not hold on to this book Long winded Shakespearian tirades and philosophical comparisons are sprinkled throughout the chapters making this book VERY hard to comprehend If authors wanted to wake our natural curiosity when it comes to numbers and math travel with us from ancient times of Euclid and ratios all the way to modern times to show us amazing process of discovery and beauty and logic of math they failed utterly All you are left with after reading or listening to this book is their weird words salad. Metry into the unlikely realm where parallel lines meet Along the way deft character studies of great mathematicians and eually colorful lesser ones illustrate the opposed yet intertwined modes of mathematical thinking the intutionist notion that we discover mathematical truth as it exists and the formalist belief that math is true because we invent consistent rules for it Less than All wrote William Blake cannot satisfy Man The Art of the Infinite shows us some of the ways that Man has grappled with All and reveals mathematics as one of the most exhilarating expressions of the human imaginati. ,
One of my favorite books on math Beautiful Mathematic Book for college students THE GREAT CONTROVERSE is important to L'Alsacien sans peine (1 livre coffret de 4 CD) know than all other stuff The uestion Where do we get ournowledge from and how do we now that that is it John von Neuman said
in mathematics weMathematics we understand things but we just get used to themThat can t be uite right yet our understanding must be stretched to the breaking point before it becomes flexible enough to adjust to the unthinkable page 024 Paul Erd s said about The Book You don t have to believe in God but you do have to believe in The Book I myself understand these proofs The New Scientist meant this is mathematics for the soul just This is mathematics for the Soul just way it should be I can only agree Prose so purple I claim it was abused This book needed an editor to cut out the blathering that the authors thought clever The references to Rimbaud and Proust to cite just a couple were completely unnecessary and distractingI read the first 3 chapters and then skipped to the last the chapter on Georg Cantor and aleph null aleph one and transfinite Numbers Fun Fact Cantor Was Fun fact Cantor was conspiracy theoristI was excited when I read this in the introductionMany small things estrange math from its proper audience One is the remoteness of its machine made diagrams These reinforce the mistaken belie. Robert Kaplan's The Nothing That Is A Natural History of Zero was an international best seller translated into ten languages The Times called it elegant discursive and littered with uotes and allusions from Auinas via Gershwin to Woolf and The Philadelphia Inuirer praised it as absolutely scintillating In this delightful new book Robert Kaplan writing together with his wife Ellen Kaplan once again takes us on a witty literate and accessible tour of the world of mathematics Where The Nothing That Is looked at math through the lens of zero The Art of the Infinite takes infinity in its countless. .