Icons of Mathematics: An Exploration of Twenty Key Images (Dolciani Mathematical Expositions, Volume 45)

Icons of Mathematics: An Exploration of Twenty Key Images (Dolciani Mathematical Expositions, Volume 45)

Claudi Alsina, Roger B. Nelsen

Language: English

Pages: 347

ISBN: 0883853523

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The authors present twenty icons of mathematics, that is, geometrical shapes such as the right triangle, the Venn diagram, and the yang and yin symbol and explore mathematical results associated with them. As with their previous books (Charming Proofs, When Less is More, Math Made Visual) proofs are visual whenever possible.

The results require no more than high-school mathematics to appreciate and many of them will be new even to experienced readers. Besides theorems and proofs, the book contains many illustrations and it gives connections of the icons to the world outside of mathematics. There are also problems at the end of each chapter, with solutions provided in an appendix.

The book could be used by students in courses in problem solving, mathematical reasoning, or mathematics for the liberal arts. It could also be read with pleasure by professional mathematicians, as it was by the members of the Dolciani editorial board, who unanimously recommend its publication.

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