Unity and Disunity and Other Mathematical Essays

Unity and Disunity and Other Mathematical Essays

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This book is a mathematical potpourri. Its material originated in classroom presentations, formal lectures, sections of earlier books, book reviews, or just things written by the author for his own pleasure. Written in a nontechnical fashion, this book expresses the unique vision and attitude of the author towards the role of mathematics in society. It contains observations or incidental remarks on mathematics, its nature, its impacts on education and science and technology, its personalities and philosophies. The book is directed towards the math buffs of the world and, more generally, towards the literate and interested public. Philip Davis is known for his work in numerical analysis and approximation theory, as well as his investigations in the history and philosophy of mathematics. Currently a Professor Emeritus from the Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown University, Davis is known for his books both in the areas of computational mathematics and approximation theory and for books exploring certain questions in the philosophy of mathematics and the role of mathematics in society.Today, modes of communication are many and varied and are in competitive turmoil: books, papers, reviews, films, tapes, email, ... Some examples are Analytic Function Theory, Circulant Matrices, and Elliptic Boundary Problems for Dirac Operators. ... The subject classification scheme of the Mathematical Reviews (MSC 2010) at the macro level lists and tags almost a hundred mathematical subjects.

Title:Unity and Disunity and Other Mathematical Essays
Author:Philip J. Davis
Publisher:American Mathematical Soc. - 2015-08-12


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