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"A marvelous selection of papers about mathematics written by the best. . . . Highly recommended to all with a broad interest in science, history, art, education, philosophy . . . which is almost anybody."--A. Bultheel, European Mathematical Society Reviews



"In addition to presenting the year's most memorable writings on mathematics, this must-have anthology includes a foreword by esteemed physicist and mathematician Freeman Dyson. This book belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in where math has taken us--and where it is headed."--World Book Industry



"These selections provide a sampling of the state of the art through topics ranging from math anxiety to modern applications to the history of mathematics. With great emphasis on the interactions of mathematics with modern civilization, the arts, and philosophy, these articles can be a source of intellectual stimulation for educated lay readers and will provide, for working mathematicians or scientists, exposure to parts of the subject outside of their research range. . . . A well-chosen collection supplemented by an outstanding bibliography of suggested further reading."--Harold D. Shane, Library Journal



"[T]his is a marvelous selection of papers about mathematics written by the best. They do not draw the reader into the mathematical jargon that is only of interest to the mathematical literate. In fact practically no mathematics is needed and formulas are almost completely absent. It is the best possible way of communicating mathematics to the non-mathematician and even the ones suffering from mathematical anxiety will enjoy reading the booklet. Of course this is only a relatively small selection but for the reader longing for more, Pitici gives in his introduction an even longer list of books, papers, websites and blogs that are equally worth reading. Pitici did once more an excellent job, and the result is highly recommended to all with a broad interest in science, history, art, education, philosophy . . . which is almost anybody."--A. Bultheel, European Mathematical Society



"The list of titles of the essays reprinted in this volume would be almost enough to persuade many people that they will enjoy reading it, and indeed that they could profitably put it in front of anyone who wants to know what mathematics is about. It's a partial and selective picture, of course, but it's fresh, varied, and as its title might suggest, well written."--Jeremy Gray, LMS Newsletter



"Most of the articles presented here are entertaining and enlightening, and the book should be recommended to everyone interested in mathematics."--Zentralblatt MATH



Praise for Princeton's previous editions: "A wonderful and varied bouquet of texts. . . . I highly recommend this book to everyone with an interest in mathematics."--Stephen Buckley, Irish Mathematical Society Bulletin

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Mircea Pitici holds a PhD mathematics education from Cornell University, where he teaches math and writing. He has edited The Best Writing on Mathematics since 2010.

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  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 2013 ed. edition (19 Jan. 2014)
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  • Language: English
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I’ve always been fond of Mathematics, and as a theoretical Physicist have taken a fair number of Math courses in college and grad school. However, since getting out of grad school my exposure to the Math world has been rather cursory to nonexistent. That’s why I was really excited to come across this volume of interesting and insightful essays on various Math topics.

The nature of topics covered in this volume is very diverse. It ranges from insights into the pure contemporary abstract mathematics, to the applied Math of early scientific instruments. Mathematics touches almost every aspect of scientific, cultural and even artistic life, and the selection of topics in this book reflects the protean nature of this metadiscipline. Most of the essays are written in an accessible and easy to follow style, and this book ought to be readable by the widest imaginable audience. For a book on Mathematics there are surprisingly few equations and numbers. This collection will especially appeal to readers who appreciate the cultural, pedagogical, and historical aspects of Mathematics.

One thing that I wish is that this collection contained more articles on recent research and development in Mathematics. Like many sciences, Mathematics has become too complex and fragmented even for most of its practitioners. A collection of essays that is aimed at an advanced layperson explaining what is exciting about the recent mathematical research would probably have a lot of appeal to a wide audience.

Another thing that I didn’t like about this collection is that there were two or three essays that I found completely rambling. Their authors seemed to relish a pseudo-intellectual discourse and tried to come across as very philosophical and intellectually profound.
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The phrase "best writing" in the title refers to the best expository writing, nearly all of the content of all of the articles can be understood by the mathematically sophisticated high school student. Many different areas are covered, from mathematical history to probability, the philosophy of mathematics and how to best teach it, dealing with math anxiety to mathematics in the modern culture of 24/7 multimedia.
It is reasonable to say that any person that starts at page one and reads through to the end will find some essays fascinating and others somewhat boring. However, different people will find their sets of fascinating and boring to be different; such is the nature of the human, mathematical animal. My favorite essay was "High Fashion Meets Mathematics" by Kelly Delp. It opens with the geometry of surfaces and describes how some unusual surfaces can fashionably be draped on a female body.
The real strength of this book is how it demonstrates the breadth of mathematics and how it permeates our very existence, both in allowing us to understand nature and make things that conform to nature's laws as well as how the human brain processes information.

Published in Journal of Recreational Mathematics, reprinted with permission
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Nice articles, but I was simply expecting a higher level.
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When I read the number of maths contributers to this book I just had to buy it and it didn't disappoint. It covers maths from all angles from understanding maths anxieties and why they develop to bridges, string art and bezier curves.
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HASH(0x95787948) out of 5 stars Great book! 25 Feb. 2014
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It is an interesting and inspiring book. Easy to follow, the editor's review is helpful. I love it and would like to share it with anybody who is fond of mathematics.
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HASH(0x95baf750) out of 5 stars Good for the literate math person 13 Aug. 2014
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Interesting and it doesn't assume a lot of prior knowledge.. Good for the literate math person. Or the math literate person.
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HASH(0x95baf7e0) out of 5 stars The last results more important of the modern mathematics. 18 April 2014
By Edoardo Angeloni - Published on Amazon.com
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This book contains several arguments of mathematics, very different between them. This approach is interesting because the auctor reveals many particularities of this modern activity and also aspects of possible applications.
They are related to the art, the fashion, the biology, connecting the stathistics with the usual questions.
HASH(0x96b4cd5c) out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 July 2014
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It was good to read current literature about mathematics. I will use ideas found here.
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HASH(0x95c716fc) out of 5 stars Nothing good about it 25 May 2014
By Alexander Shuger - Published on Amazon.com
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It fact, I wonder what is meant by "Best" in the title. Surely the writing is mediocre, to say the most, so perhaps what is meant is that the content is the best of 2013. However, I find no article within it that would be worthy of being considered a substantial addition to the volumes of good articles written to-date, or in 2013. It seems that there's a bit of "selling the title" going on, and I advise readers to look elsewhere for truly interesting and timely material -- many documents found on the internet surpass the book's articles' content and craftsmanship, and they are free.
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