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# Concepts of Modern Mathematics

by
Ian Stewart,
Paul Stewart (Goodreads Author)

Some years ago, "new math" took the country's classrooms by storm. Based on the abstract, general style of mathematical exposition favored by research mathematicians, its goal was to teach students not just to manipulate numbers and formulas, but to grasp the underlying mathematical concepts. The result, at least at first, was a great deal of confusion among teachers, stud
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Paperback, 352 pages

Published
February 1st 1995
by Dover Publications
(first published 1975)

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This book does a good job of demonstrating the fundamental notions that underly all branches of math. I would recommend ...more

Proofs could be too intuitive sometimes or lack some steps, but the main idea is to show the mathematics as science of patterns and concepts and explain unity and meaning of its concepts, which is fulfilled on whole 100%.

The interesting thing was author's scepticism regarding computer-assisted proofs as too complex and not intuitive, however Stewart has left space for maneuver, telling that maybe the problem is ...more

-Ian Stewart, Appendix

That about sums it up. This book was incredibly easy to read, and despite being written more than 31 years ago, it's still r ...more

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This was an excellent book. I already knew a bit about set theory and some of the other topics, but this book gave me a much better understanding of how it all fits together. It gave me a great foundation of modern mathematics going into my first year of university. Ian Stewart is a great writer.

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Ian Stewart is an Emeritus Professor and Digital Media Fellow in the Mathematics Department at Warwick University, with special responsibility for public awareness of mathematics and science. He is best known for his popular science writing on mathematical themes.

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“if a theorem is geometrically obvious why prove it? This was exactly the attitude taken in the eighteenth century. The result, in the nineteenth century, was chaos and confusion: for intuition, unsupported by logic, habitually assumes that everything is much nicer behaved than it really is. Good”
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