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# Letters to a Young Mathematician

by
Ian Stewart

The first scientific entry in the acclaimed Art of Mentoring series from Basic Books,

*Letters to a Young Mathematician*tells readers what Ian Stewart wishes he had known when he was a student and young faculty member. Subjects ranging from the philosophical to the practical--what mathematics is and why it's worth doing, the relationship between logic and proof, the role of ...moreHardcover, 224 pages

Published
March 27th 2006
by Basic Books
(first published 2006)

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a bit vague but interesting,

could have been better,

what he says in relation to G.H. Hardy I don't agree with at all and he doesn't demonstrate his claim ..at least not with any clarity and definitely not with any conviction.

he de-mystifies certain things when he is actually trying to mystify them.

he tried to write for a broad audience and ended up really talking to no one, or rather, not really really reaching anyone.

it was good, but lacked strong opinion and deep insig ...more

Sin embargo hay veces que se muestra más de un lado que le del otro, no es imparcial en algunos aspectos que debería serlo hacie ...more

Please don't get me wrong, I simply liked it and recommend it to everyone (at least who has some interests in math). But in particular, in the first chapters, the book didn't seem that interesting to me, to get 4/5. It ...more

The book is a series of letters addressed to an aspiring mathematician called Meg. This is a fresh and interesting way to deliver factual information to the reader, and even a better way to keep track of the author's thinking process.

I have to say, my experienc ...more

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Dear Ian,

I read your book

Your book didn't assume any technical knowledge of the subject, and indeed several Goodreads reviewers indicate that the book appeals (well, sometimes) even among those not inclined to study mathematics at all. Though some reviewers found your styl ...more

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*Letters to a Young Mathematician*and was very impressed. First and foremost, you talked about what it's like to be a mathematician, and talked at length about the practical considerations a mathematician must necessarily face.Your book didn't assume any technical knowledge of the subject, and indeed several Goodreads reviewers indicate that the book appeals (well, sometimes) even among those not inclined to study mathematics at all. Though some reviewers found your styl ...more

As a mathematician myself I am biased on this one. Sadly, most undergraduate schools do not have such inspiring professors that care about nurturing the students' talent and love for their discipline. So it is a good thing that Letters To A Young Mathematician was written in the first place. But because of this afore mentioned lack of inspiring professors on an undergraduate level it can be pretty disappointing when compar ...more

Since the book is structured as letters directed to Meg, the "young mathematician," and being in a similar situation, it made this book very readable and opened my ...more

Stewart makes an interesting point that, unlike many other fields, you don't just happen to fall into math - it has to be something you're really into (although it may take a lot of lucky coincidences to let you realize that you're good at math and into it as well).

The ...more

While the ideas are often enlightening (I was particularly taken with ideas about how mathematicia ...more

The book is at times very interesting and inspiring, with fascinating anecdotes and lots of recommendations for other texts, and at other times rather trite and overly specific. ...more

*Scientific American*for a while. I read some of Stewart's popular math books when I was a kid (a blessing on our local public library!). I also admire his work with Golubitsky on analysis of pattern formation and nonlinear dynamics in terms of symmetry and symmetry breaking (his nontechnical books on symmetry in nature are a treat for an ...more

Genç Matematikçiye Mektuplar kitabı,yazarın matematik okumayı düşünen Meg'e matematik ile ilgili yazdığı tavsiye mektuplarından oluşuyor.Bilgisayar,televizyon,araba,... çağı hep daha ileriye taşıyan teknoloji kısacası,zekice tasarlanmış birer matematik harikasıdır.Beğenerek izlediğimiz filmleri izlerken,o çok sevdiğimiz arabamızı sürerken,... hiç düşündük mü ac ...more

Letters to a Young Mathematician is written as a series of condescending letters to a girl named Meg, who is considering becoming (and over the course of the book does become) a mathematici ...more

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Este libro lo leí hace tiempo, antes de entrar en la universidad, pensando que quizás me influiría a la hora de elegir carrera. Lo que recuerdo es lo siguiente: la verdad es que no me inspiró. Yo ya sabía lo que era la Matemática y no necesitaba que me lo explicaran. Tenía un ideal de la Matemática, y lo que esperaba era encontrar un relato apasionado sobre su experiencia con la Matemática. Pero no fue así. Fue una explicación sobre la Matemática para gente que no la conoce, algunos consejos y m
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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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