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Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction

Timothy Gowers

22 August 2002

ISBN: 9780192853615

160 pages

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Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99



This book aims to explain, in clear non-technical language,what it is that mathematicians do, and how that differs from and builds on the mathematics that most people are familiar with from school. It is the ideal introduction for anyone who wishes to deepen their understanding of mathematics.

  • A concise explanation of the differences between advanced mathematics and what we learn at school
  • Offers the reader an insight into such seemingly paradoxical concepts as infinity, the square root of minus one, and curved space
  • Tackles the sociological questions that arise regarding the mathematical community - e.g. 'Do mathematicians burn out at the age of 25?'
  • Clear and non-technical language throughout
  • The author received a Fields Medal for Mathematics in 1998, awarded for 'the most daring, profound and stimulating research done by young mathematicians'

About the Author(s)

Timothy Gowers, Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics, Cambridge University

Table of Contents

    2:Numbers and Abstraction
    4:Limits and Infinity
    7:Estimates and Approximates
    8:Frequently Asked Questions


a marvellously lucid guide to the beauty and mystery of numbers - Gilbert Adair