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Monday, January 23, 2012

"A Paean to Beautiful Mathematics"

Bit of a book review from another blog here (of "Proofs From THE BOOK"):

http://mathforlove.com/2012/01/beautiful-mathematics/

…not a volume I'll be reading myself, but I can still appreciate its impetus (as I like to say myself, 'math iz a beautiful thang!')

From the reviewer: "Now here’s the thing: this is a book that is decidedly not for the layperson. To read it, you need to be extremely comfortable with calculus and limits, infinite sums, and some serious subtleties, both conceptual and notational. But if you are, the surprises keep coming. The results on primes are nothing short of astonishing (especially to me, as a non-number theorist who’s always loved the subject)."

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