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a gentle introduction to theoretical maths,
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This review is from: Surreal Numbers: How Two Ex-Students Turned on to Pure Mathematics and Found Total Happiness : A Mathematical Novelette (Paperback)
I've always been a big fan of Knuth. I think it's partly because of his insistence on the aesthetics of maths and not just formal correctness. I came to this book thinking that I was going to learn some new number theory. I guess I did - but this book is *really* about how fun it is to discover and *prove* mathematical concepts for yourself. The book was apparently written in about a week and developed as Knuth discovered the ideas for himself. The material is not very hard, and is probably worth reading through quickly at first and then going back to later, to try your own hand at proving some of the basic properties. My only complaint was it all finishes too soon!