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Mathematics: Its Content, Methods and Meaning

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". . . Nothing less than a major contribution to the scientific culture of this world." — The New York Times Book Review
This major survey of mathematics, featuring the work of 18 outstanding Russian mathematicians and including material on both elementary and advanced levels, encompasses 20 prime subject areas in mathematics in terms of their simple origins and their
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Paperback, 1120 pages
Published July 7th 1999 by Dover Publications (first published 1963)
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Haresh Bhagchandani
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing book. It's a very ambitious book that summarizes a good chunk of undergraduate mathematics. It doesn't give a full-blown overview, but it summarizes the main results of each topic with enough detail that so you know important concepts and where they fit within the discipline of mathematics. This is an ideal book to read after learning single variable calculus. I am just in chapter three and I already feel like this is a must have for anyone interested in mathematics. If this ...more
Gavin Rebeiro
This book really embodies the Russian spirit of mathematics. There aren't any artificial barriers drawn between mathematics and the sciences, evident in so much of mathematical writing today. Reading every section has a very wholesome feel to it.

I'd recommend this to anyone with a good grasp of basic algebra, trigonometry, logic (mathematical induction with propositional and predicate deduction with quantifiers will do), and an elementary exposure to calculus - that's the minimal background
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Ted Morgan
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read only the basic part of this work-the first half. I am not gifted for mathematics though I did study it at university. The introductory part of this work is clear and helpful.
Nick Black
Feb 08, 2009 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nick by: Scott Aaronson
Amazon 2009-02-08. A full three-volume set dropped into the hopper at $12, w00t! Good things come to he who waits.
Sam
May 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, read-2015
- A nice overview of the many mathematical disciplines, including several I've never had any direct experience with: functional analysis, complex analysis, topology, etc.
- Not sure this was the author's goal, but after reading the chapter on non-Euclidean geometry, I have a much better grasp of "curved spacetime" and general relativity.
- In geometry, we often think about a "space" in the abstract, but real spacetime cannot be abstracted in that way: the existence and location of matter
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Jose Moa
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome panorama of mathematics at not very high level
Tom Ritman-Meer
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mathematics
Excellent primer on the scope of mathematics as a discipline.
Jason
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Leaking math cheatin'(1) ingredients, portioning devices, lists, warnings, and insinuations.
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May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent reference. Wide range of topics written in a clean and simple fashion with good examples.
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