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The Resource Roads to infinity : the mathematics of truth and proof, John Stillwell

Roads to infinity : the mathematics of truth and proof, John Stillwell

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Roads to infinity : the mathematics of truth and proof
Title
Roads to infinity
Title remainder
the mathematics of truth and proof
Statement of responsibility
John Stillwell
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Offers an introduction to modern ideas about infinity and their implications for mathematics. It unifies ideas from set theory and mathematical logic, and traces their effects on mainstream mathematical topics of today, such as number theory and combinatorics.--From publisher description
  • "This sequel to the author's Yearning for the Impossible provides a readable survey of logicians' efforts to explicate the notions of truth, proof and undecidability, including the quest to find examples of ǹatural' undecidable statements. Leavened with historical details, it focuses on the role of infinitary considerations in the development of modern mathematics, with particular attention to the undervalued contributions of Emil Post and Gerhard Gentzen."---John W. Dawson, Jr., author of Logical Dilemmas: The Life and Work of Kurt Godel --
  • "Stillwell has provided an accessible, scholarly treatment of all the foundational studies today's well-rounded professional mathematician ought to know, and has managed to do so in just over 200 pages. And that includes all the relevant history. I highly recommend it."---Keith Devlin, Stanford University, author of The Millennium Problems and co-author of The Computer as Crucible: An Introduction to Experimental Mathematics --
  • "Professor Stillwell ... succeeds, in every topic treated, in bringing a fresh eye to questions even mathematicians might think have been mined in the past to boring exhaustion [and] shows there is still a lot of gold to be found, if one only thinks about things in a new way. Stillwell brings new, unorthodox insights to his writing that will stimulate readers (from high schoolers to emeritus professors) to think about old topics in new, nonstale ways."---SIAM Review --
  • "Stillwell weaves historical details into his writing seamlessly, helping to give the reader the true feeling that mathematics is more than just a bunch of people playing games with symbols, but rather a rich and rewarding intellectual endeavor important to the human enterprise."---MAA Reviews --
  • While many popular books have been written on the advances in our understanding of infinity, sparked by the set theory of Georg Cantor in the 1870s and incompleteness theorems of Kurt Godel in the 1930s, such books generally dwell on a single aspect of either set theory or logic. The aim of this book is to explain the whole, in which set theory interacts with logic, and both begin to affect mainstream mathematics (the latter being quite a recent development, not yet given much space in popular accounts). --
  • In Roads to Infinity, award-winning author John Stillwell explores the consequences of accepting infinity, which are rich and surprising. The reader needs very little background beyond high school mathematics, but should have a willingness to grapple with alien ideas. Stillwell's style eases the reader into the technicalities of set theory and logic by tracing a single thread in each chapter, beginning with a natural mathematical question and following a sequence of historic responses to that question. Each response typically leads to new questions, and from them new concepts and theorems emerge. At the end of each chapter a section called "Historical Background" situates the thread in a bigger picture of mathematics and its history. --
  • By following this path, key ideas are presented first, then revisited and reinforced by showing a wider view. Some readers, however, may be impatient to get to the core theorems and will skip the historical background sections, at least at first reading. Others, in search of a big picture from the beginning, may begin by reading the historical background and then come back to fill in details. --Book Jacket
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Stillwell, John
Dewey number
511.3/22
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QA248
LC item number
.S778 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Set theory
  • Infinite
  • Logic, Symbolic and mathematical
Label
Roads to infinity : the mathematics of truth and proof, John Stillwell
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
460058722
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 203 pages
Isbn
9781568814667
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2010014077
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)460058722
Label
Roads to infinity : the mathematics of truth and proof, John Stillwell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
460058722
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 203 pages
Isbn
9781568814667
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2010014077
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)460058722

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