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AuthorHilton, Peter. author
TitleMathematical Reflections [electronic resource] : In a Room with Many Mirrors / by Peter Hilton, Derek Holton, Jean Pedersen
ImprintNew York, NY : Springer New York : Imprint: Springer, 1997
Connect tohttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4612-1932-3
Descript XVI, 352 p. online resource

SUMMARY

Focusing Your Attention The purpose of this book is Cat least) twofold. First, we want to show you what mathematics is, what it is about, and how it is done-by those who do it successfully. We are, in fact, trying to give effect to what we call, in Section 9.3, our basic principle of mathematical instruction, asserting that "mathematics must be taught so that students comprehend how and why mathematics is qone by those who do it successfully./I However, our second purpose is quite as important. We want to attract you-and, through you, future readers-to mathematics. There is general agreement in the (so-called) civilized world that mathematics is important, but only a very small minority of those who make contact with mathematics in their early education would describe it as delightful. We want to correct the false impression of mathematics as a combination of skill and drudgery, and to reยญ inforce for our readers a picture of mathematics as an exciting, stimulating and engrossing activity; as a world of accessible ideas rather than a world of incomprehensible techniques; as an area of continued interest and investigation and not a set of procedures set in stone


CONTENT

1 Going Down the Drain -- 1.1 Constructions -- 1.2 Cobwebs -- 1.3 Consolidation -- 1.4 Fibonacci Strikes -- 1.5 Dรฉnouement -- 2 A Far Nicer Arithmetic -- 2.1 General Background: What You Already Know -- 2.2 Some Special Moduli: Getting Ready for the Fun -- 2.3 Arithmetic mod p: Some Beautiful Mathematics -- 2.4 Arithmetic mod Non-primes: The Same But Different -- 2.5 Primes, Codes, and Security -- 2.6 Casting Out 9โ{128}{153}s and 11โ{128}{153}s: Tricks of the Trade -- 3 Fibonacci and Lucas Numbers -- 3.1 A Number Trick -- 3.2 The Explanation Begins -- 3.3 Divisibility Properties -- 3.4 The Number Trick Finally Explained -- 3.5 More About Divisibility -- 3.6 A Little Geometry! -- 4 Paper-Folding and Number Theory -- 4.1 Introduction: What You Can Do Withโ{128}{148}and Withoutโ{128}{148}Euclidean Tools -- 4.2 Going Beyond Euclid: Folding 2-Period Regular Polygons -- 4.3 Folding Numbers -- 4.4 Some Mathematical Tidbits -- 4.5 General Folding Procedures -- 4.6 The Quasi-Order Theorem -- 4.7 Appendix: A Little Solid Geometry -- 5 Quilts and Other Real-World Decorative Geometry -- 5.1 Quilts -- 5.2 Variations -- 5.3 Round and Round -- 5.4 Up the Wall -- 6 Pascal, Euler, Triangles, Windmills -- 6.1 Introduction: A Chance to Experiment -- 6.2 The Binomial Theorem -- 6.3 The Pascal Triangle and Windmill -- 6.4 The Pascal Flower and the Generalized Star of David -- 6.5 Eulerian Numbers and Weighted Sums -- 6.6 Even Deeper Mysteries -- 7 Hair and Beyond -- 7.1 A Problem with Pigeons, and Related Ideas -- 7.2 The Biggest Number -- 7.3 The Big Infinity -- 7.4 Other Sets of Cardinality ?0 -- 7.5 Schrรถder and Bernstein -- 7.6 Cardinal Arithmetic -- 7.7 Even More Infinities? -- 8 An Introduction to the Mathematics of Fractal Geometry -- 8.1 Introduction to the Introduction: Whatโ{128}{153}s Different About Our Approach -- 8.2 Intuitive Notion of Self-Similarity -- 8.3 The lรฉnt Map and the Logistic Map -- 8.4 Some More Sophisticated Material -- An Introduction to the Mathematics of Fractal Geometry -- 8.1 Introduction to the Introduction: Whatโ{128}{153}s Different About Our Approach -- 8.2 Intuitive Notion of Self-Similarity -- 8.3 The tent Map and and the Logistic Map -- 8.4 Some more Sophisticated Material -- 9 Some of Our Own Reflections -- 9.1 General Principles -- 9.2 Specific Principles -- 9.3 Appendix: Principles of Mathematical Pedagogy


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