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# The Mathematical Tourist: New and Updated Snapshots of Modern Mathematics

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 ...moreebook, 288 pages

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

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Jan 09, 2017
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This was an enjoyable overview of maths in 1988 with a large section on fractals and topology which are still some of my pleasures.

The downside is leaving this unread and sitting there for twenty years! What has happened is that despite its interesting content it as become a bit dated especially in the computer science areas, while this is assuredly not the fault of the book it's from leaving it on the shelf too long.

The downside is leaving this unread and sitting there for twenty years! What has happened is that despite its interesting content it as become a bit dated especially in the computer science areas, while this is assuredly not the fault of the book it's from leaving it on the shelf too long.

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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

An excellent overview of many themes in contemporary math, ending with a summary: while math looks obvious and remote to outsiders, i ...more

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