This volume contains approximately fifty articles that were published in "The Mathematical Intelligencer" during its first eighteen years. The selection exhibits the wide variety of attractive articles that have appeared over the years, ranging from general interest articles of a historical nature to lucid expositions of important current discoveries. The articles are introduced by the editors.…mehr
This volume contains approximately fifty articles that were published in "The Mathematical Intelligencer" during its first eighteen years. The selection exhibits the wide variety of attractive articles that have appeared over the years, ranging from general interest articles of a historical nature to lucid expositions of important current discoveries. The articles are introduced by the editors.
1 Introduction.- One Interviews and Reminiscences.- 1 An Interview with Michael Atiyah.- 2 On the Steps of Moscow University Steve Smale,.- 3 An Interview with Jean-Pierre Serre.- 4 Mathematical Anecdotes.- 5 My Collaboration with Julia Robinson.- 6 Contemporary Mathematics.- Two Algebra and Number Theory.- 7 The Proof of the Mordell Conjecture.- 8 Adventures in Arithmetick, or: How to Make Good Use of a Fourier Transform.- 9 Solving Polynomial Systems.- 10 Artin's Conjecture for Primitive Roots.- 11 Representation Theory of Finite Groups: From Frobenius to Brauer.- 12 Quaternionic Determinants.- Three Analysis.- 13 The Surfaces of Delaunay.- 14 The Banach-Tarski Theorem.- 15 Painleve's Conjecture.- 16 A Geometrization of Lebesgue's Space-Filling Curve.- 17 Sophus Lie and Harmony in Mathematical Physics, on the 150th Anniversary of His Birth.- 18 The Missing Link.- Four Applied mathematics.- 19 Yeast Oscillations, Belousov-Zhabotinsky Waves, and the Nonretraction Theorem.- Strings.- 21 Integrability in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics: Solitons.- 22 On Newton's Problem of Minimal Resistance.- 23 If Hamilton Had Prevailed: Quaternions in Physics.- Five Arrangements and Patterns.- 24 On the Problème des Ménages.- 25 Quasicrystals: The View from Les Houches.- 26 Celtic Knotwork: Mathematical Art.- 27 The Sacred Cut Revisited: The Pavement of the Baptistery of San Giovanni, Florence.- 28 Symmetrical Combinations of Three or Four Hollow Triangles.- Six Geometry and Topology.- 29 Instantons and the Topology of 4-Manifolds.- 30 The Computer-Aided Discovery of New Embedded Minimal Surfaces.- 31 What Is the Difference between a Parabola and a Hyperbola?.- 32 How to Build Minimal Polyhedral Models of the Boy Surface.- 33 Recent Developments in Braid and Link Theory.- 34 Hyperbolic Geometry and Spaces of Riemann Surfaces.- Seven History of Mathematics.- 35 Kurt Godel in Sharper Focus.- 36 Who Would Have Won the Fields Medals a Hundred Years Ago?.- 37 The Last 100
"Popular mathematical expositions aim to render exciting, deep mathematics comprehensible to a wide audience (hard!). Since even professional mathematicians can expect to penetrate the technicalities of only a small fraction of mathematical breakthroughs, publications such as The Mathematical Intelligencer, the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society, Sugaku, and LÉnseignement Mathmatique (Mathematique) address themselves to at least a wide audience of mathematicians. The Mathematical Intelligencer publishes stylish, well-illustrated articles, rich in ideas and usually short on proofs. The balance of topics reflects the broad spectrum of mathematical activity, and especially, great recent achievements (the Mordell conjecture, the Bieberbach conjecture, the Jones polynomial). Many, but not all articles fall within the reach of the advanced undergraduate mathematics major. For example, every student of advanced calculus should read Felipe Acker's essay on Stokes's theorem and the mean value theorem. This book makes a nice addition to any undergraduate mathematics collection that does not already sport back issues of The Mathematical Intelligencer. Upper-division undergraduates and up." D.V. Feldman, University of New Hampshire in CHOICE Reviews, June 2001
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