By Michael Harris
What do natural mathematicians do, and why do they do it? having a look past the traditional answers--for the sake of fact, good looks, and functional applications--this ebook bargains an eclectic landscape of the lives and values and hopes and fears of mathematicians within the twenty-first century, assembling fabric from a startlingly assorted collection of scholarly, journalistic, and dad tradition sources.
Drawing on his own reviews and obsessions in addition to the strategies and critiques of mathematicians from Archimedes and Omar Khayyám to such modern giants as Alexander Grothendieck and Robert Langlands, Michael Harris unearths the air of secrecy and romance of arithmetic in addition to its darker part. during this portrait of arithmetic as a group united round a suite of universal highbrow, moral, and existential demanding situations, he touches on a large choice of questions, comparable to: Are mathematicians accountable for the 2008 monetary hindrance? How will we speak about the information we have been born too quickly to appreciate? and the way in case you react while you're requested to give an explanation for quantity thought at a dinner party?
Disarmingly candid, relentlessly clever, and richly pleasing, Mathematics with out Apologies takes readers on an unapologetic guided journey of the mathematical lifestyles, from the philosophy and sociology of arithmetic to its reflections in movie and well known song, with detours during the mathematical and mystical traditions of Russia, India, medieval Islam, the Bronx, and beyond.