*a miscellany*

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Author: Underwood Dudley,Gerald L. Alexanderson,Nathan Altshiller-Court,John Aubry,Girolamo Cardano,Lewis Carroll,Patricia Cline Cohen,Jean Dieudonné,Leonard F. Klosinski,Joseph A. Gallian,Richard J. Gillings,Richard K. Guy,Arthur Edward Hallerberg,Paul Richard Halmos,David Hemenway,Morris Kline,Carl E. Linderholm,Robert L. McCabe,Edward Rothstein,Marlow Sholander,David Eugene Smith,John Lighton Synge,James Smith,Richard J. Trudeau,Steven Bradley Smith,Wong Ngai Ying

Publisher: The Mathematical Association of America

ISBN: 9780883855669

Category: Mathematics

Page: 325

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This is a collection of gems from the literature of mathematics that shine as brightly today as when they first appeared in print. They deserve to be seen and admired.The selections include two opposing views on the purpose of mathematics, The Strong Law of Small Numbers, the treatment of calculus in the 1771 Encyclopaedia Britannica, several proofs that the number of legs on a horse is infinite, a deserved refutation of the ridiculous Euler-Diderot anecdote, the real story of p and the Indiana Legislature, the reason why Theodorus stopped proving that square roots were irrational when he to the square root of 17, an excerpt from Mathematics Made Difficult, a glimpse into the mind of a calculating prodigy.There will be something of interest here for almost anyone interested in mathematics.Underwood Dudley is the bestselling author of several MAA books: Mathematical Cranks, Numerology, and the Trisectors. He has an Erdos number of 1.