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Trefethen's Index Cards: Forty Years of Notes about People, Words and Mathematics

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This is a book unique in structure — a collection of ideas noted on index cards over a period of 40 years.Acclaimed mathematician Lloyd N Trefethen, Professor of Numerical Analysis at Oxford University, has created an intellectual diary, marking the development of his interests and ideas, from his teenage years to the present. These thoughts stand as signposts, directing u ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 15th 2011 by World Scientific Publishing Company (first published June 14th 2011)
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John Marken
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it
A couple of the thoughts are interesting, most are just engaging enough to keep turning the page (much like reading through an AskReddit thread), and some fill me with an uneasy fear that Nick Trefethen is probably not the nicest guy around.
Jason Comely
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I like the idea (the book even has the approximate dimensions of an index card) and Trefethen's more-or-less scientific perspective on a wide range of topics is mildly interesting. ...more
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This is a book unique in structure -- a collection of ideas noted on index cards over a period of 40 years.

Acclaimed mathematician Lloyd N Trefethen, Professor of Numerical Analysis at Oxford University, has created an intellectual diary, marking the development of his interests and ideas, from his teenage years to the present. These thoughts stand as signposts, directing us through a mind that applies the same scientific discipline and rigor in everyday life as that needed for success in scien
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