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  • Paperback: 594 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (18 July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195105192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195105193
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 2.7 x 15.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Can...be read with great profit by anyone desiring general mathematical literacy. (Mathematics Abstracts)

A great book. (Ludwig Otto, Paul Quinn College)

A lucid representation of the fundamental concepts and methods of the whole field of mathematics. It is an easily understandable introduction for the layman and helps to give the mathematical student a general view of the basic principles and methods. (Albert Einstein)

Without doubt, the work will have great influence. It should be in the hands of everyone, professional or otherwise, who is interested in scientific thinking. (The New York Times)

A work of extraordinary perfection. (Mathematical Reviews)

It contains an excellent selection of material for students who have no desire to develop mathematical skills but who may be willing to look briefly into this field of intellectual activity....For the inquiring student who wishes to know what real mathematics is about, or for the trained engineer or physicist who has some interest in the justification of procedures he uses, it should prove a source of great pleasure and satisfaction. (Journal of Applied Physics)

This book is a work of art. (Marston Morse)

This is not a book in philosophy; but there are probably few philosophers who can not gain instruction and clarification from it. It succeeds brilliantly in conveying the intellectual excitement of mathematical inquiry and in communicating the essential ideas and methods."Journal of Philosophy

It is a work of high perfection, whether judged by aesthetic, pedagogical or scientific standards. It is astonishing to what extent What is Mathematics? has succeeded in making clear by means of the simplest examples all the fundamental ideas and methods which we mathematicians consider the life blood of our science. (Herman Weyl)

Still a book that all prospective mathematics teachers should read and experience. A rare book that has retained its "freshness" and readability for more than 50 years....Very readable. (Stephen Krulik, Temple University)

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For more than two thousand years a familiarity with mathematics has been regarded as an indispensable part of the intellectual equipment of every cultured person. Today, unfortunately, the traditional place of mathematics in education is in grave danger. The teaching and learning of mathematics has degenerated into the realm of rote memorization, the outcome of which leads to satisfactory formal ability but does not lead to real understanding or to greater intellectual independence. This new edition of Richard Courant's and Herbert Robbins's classic work seeks to address this problem. Its goal is to put the meaning back into mathematics. Written for beginners and scholars, for students and teachers, for philosophers and engineers, What is Mathematics?, Second Edition is a sparkling collection of mathematical gems that offers an entertaining and accessible portrait of the mathematical world. This book is intended for the general reader with an interest in mathematics; students of mathematics; students of related disciplines with a desire to develop their mathematical skills, from undergraduate level upwards.

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