Unity and Disunity and Other Mathematical Essays

Unity and Disunity and Other Mathematical Essays

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This book is a mathematical potpourri. Its material originated in classroom presentations, formal lectures, sections of earlier books, book reviews, or just things written by the author for his own pleasure. Written in a nontechnical fashion, this book expresses the unique vision and attitude of the author towards the role of mathematics in society. It contains observations or incidental remarks on mathematics, its nature, its impacts on education and science and technology, its personalities and philosophies. The book is directed towards the math buffs of the world and, more generally, towards the literate and interested public. Philip Davis is known for his work in numerical analysis and approximation theory, as well as his investigations in the history and philosophy of mathematics. Currently a Professor Emeritus from the Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown University, Davis is known for his books both in the areas of computational mathematics and approximation theory and for books exploring certain questions in the philosophy of mathematics and the role of mathematics in society.I believe that the Pythagorean theorem for a right triangle is true. I took a ruler and drew a few right angled triangles and measured the hypotenuse. I found the theorem is approximately true. I proved the theorem in high school. I also learned anbsp;...

Title:Unity and Disunity and Other Mathematical Essays
Author: Philip J. Davis
Publisher:American Mathematical Soc. - 2015-08-12

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