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Mathematical vistas. From a room with many windows. (English)
Springer, New York, NY (ISBN 0-387-95064-8). 349 p. (2002).
The purpose of this book, like that of its earlier companion volume, Mathematical Reflections, is to provide a relaxed and informal treatment of several mathematical topics that will convey to the reader - presumed to have the mathematical maturity of, say, a bright freshman at an American university or college - a sense of the pleasurable excitement that accompanies genuine mathematical discovery. The text presents nine topics in nine chapters. Several of the topics are related to one another, but the chapters may be read in any order preferred by the reader. Each topic is treated with what the authors regard as the attention to detail appropriate to its level of difficulty. These topics range from Andrew Wiles’ famous proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem, where the key ideas are presented, but no attempt at completeness is made, to the discussion of paradoxes in which all relevant arguments are given in full. Each chapter is provided with ’Breaks’, in which readers can test their understanding of the material just presented by answering questions.
Classification: A30 G40 K30 F60
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