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In the first edition of *The Mathematical Tourist*, renowned science journalist Ivars Peterson took readers on an unforgettable tour through the sometimes bizarre, but always fascinating, landscape of modern mathematics. Now the journey continues in a new, updated edition that includes all the latest information on mathematical proofs, fractals, prime numbers, and chaos, as
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ebook, 288 pages

Published
April 15th 1998
by Holt Paperbacks
(first published 1988)

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Dec 18, 2007
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Mathematics and computer fans

Interesting book. It had more on computers (using computers for mathematical calculations, proofs etc.) than I had expected. It had lots of neat mathematical concepts, but while it nicely explained some of the more basic algebraic terms, it often left me wondering about the more obscure things and computer terms.

This book would be perfect for a high school student thinking about whether to major in math in college. It seems like most history of maths or maths survey books rerun the same stories over and over again, but I haven't seen the examples in this book anywhere else.

The content was pretty decent, and it was well written, but I question the organization. Lumping linear programming in the chapter in topology stands out in my mind, with Penrose tilings in the chapter on cellular automata as a close second. I don't know a whole lot about linear ...more

Mar 01, 2015
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My version is the 1988 original, but the gr blurb is for an updated edition which has much more cool stuff--like all the complexity work. Even though I am quite tempted to run out and get the newer version I will continue slogging through this earlier version ---and regretting I did not read when I first purchased. No that's not true I was in no position to get it.

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