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# Warum (Gerade) Mathematik?: Eine Antwort in Briefen

by
Ian Stewart

Was machen eigentlich Mathematiker? Den ganzen Tag nur rechnen und Gleichungen losen und Formeln ableiten und Funktionen darstellen? Geht es in der Mathematik ausschlielich um Zahlen? Wie kommt man auf die Idee, Mathematik zu studieren, und was sollte man dafur mitbringen? Welche Erfahrungen liegen zwischen dem ersten Semester und der ersten Professur? Wer sonst als Ian St
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Paperback, 224 pages

Published
September 17th 2008
by Spektrum Akademischer Verlag
(first published 2006)

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Stewart reviews mathematics from high school to daily life to post docs. He also discusses the importance of mathematic teachers and the valuable role they play. ...more

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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

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

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.

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I found the beginning a little basic, but of course I'm not really the target audience, especially the first half or so of the book. I think this would've been really helpful to have as a companion for advice over the various stages of my education.

The book is very good at giving an accurate account of what it's like on the road to becoming a mathematician. I enjoyed how everything was very relatable, but I do think Stewart was maybe a bit cynical about academia politics, which could be potenti ...more

The book is very good at giving an accurate account of what it's like on the road to becoming a mathematician. I enjoyed how everything was very relatable, but I do think Stewart was maybe a bit cynical about academia politics, which could be potenti ...more

It struck me about halfway through how privileged his whole experience has been. Toward the end he states that math is a talent that some people just don't have. That's where I stopped enjoying this book. It improved again at the end, but I lost a lost of love for this book.

In general, he is very math-positive, suggests keeping an open ...more

I recommend it to anyone who loves mathematics, who wants to become mathematicians, especially young people.

I have to say, my experienc ...more

Jan 04, 2015
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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

I read your book

*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

I was engrossed in reading this book but was consistently sidetracked into researching many of the principles, theorems, and such mentioned. I acknowledge that I am no math genius but could still relate to the points. Bonus points for recipient being female.

Definite recommendation for anyone, even if math is not your thing.

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

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

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

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Ian Nicholas 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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