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# The Mathematical Tourist: New & 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 ...morePaperback, 288 pages

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

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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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