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Line #: 1 Line Position: 8009 Position In File: 8008 Source Text: The Princeton Companion to Mathematicshttp://images.cqout.com/Books/9780691118802.jpghttp://large.snazal.com/?978069111880297806911188029780691118802Media > Books45.56The Princeton Companion to MathematicsThe Princeton Companion to Mathematics makes a heroic attempt to keep [abstract concepts] to a minimum . . . and conveys the breadth, depth and diversity of mathematics. It is impressive and well written and it's good value for [the] money.  Ian Stewart, The TimesThis is a panoramic view of modern mathematics. It is tough going in some places, but much of it is surprisingly accessible. A must for budding numbercrunchers.  The EconomistAlthough the editors' original goal of text that could be understood by anyone with a good background in high school mathematics provided shortlived, this wideranging account should reward undergraduate and graduate students and anyone curious about math as well as help research mathematicians understand the work of their colleagues in other specialties. The editors note some advantages a carefully organized printed reference may enjoy over a collection of Web pages, and this impressive volume supports their claim.  ScienceThis impressive book represents an extremely ambitious and, I might add, highly successful attempt by Timothy Gowers and his coeditors, June BarrowGreen and Imre Leader, to give a current account of the subject of mathematics. It has something for nearly everyone, from beginning students of mathematics who would like to get some sense of what the subject is all about, all the way to professional mathematicians who would like to get a better idea of what their colleagues are doing. . . . If I had to choose just one book in the world to give an interested reader some idea of the scope, goals and achievements of modern mathematics, without a doubt this would be the one. So try it. I guarantee you'll like it!  American ScientistAccessible, technically precise and thorough account of all math's major aspects. Students of math will find this book a helpful reference for understanding their classes; students of everything else will find helpful guides to understanding how math describes it all.  Tom Siegfried, Science NewsOnce in a while a book comes along that should be on every mathematician's bookshelf. This is such a book. Described as a 'companion', this 1000page tome is an authoritative and informative reference work that is also highly pleasurable to dip into. Much of it can be read with benefit by undergraduate mathematicians, while there is a great deal to engage professional mathematicians of all persuasions.  Robin Wilson, London Mathematical SocietyImagine taking an overview of elementary and advanced mathematics, a history of mathematics and mathematicians, and a mathematical encyclopedia and combining them all into one comprehensive reference book. That is what Timothy Gowers, the 1998 Fields Medal laureate, has successfully accomplished in compiling and editing The Princeton Companion to Mathematics. At more than 1,000 pages and with nearly 200 entries written by some of the leading mathematicians of our time and specialists in their fields, this book is a oneofakind reference for all things mathematics.  Mathematics TeacherOverall [The Princeton Companion to Mathematics] is an enormous achievement for which the authors deserve to be thanked. It contains a wealth of material, much of a kind one would not find elsewhere, and can be enjoyed by readers with man different backgrounds.  Simon Donaldson, Notices of the American Mathematical SocietyThis is an enormously ambitious book, full of beautiful things; I would wish to keep it on my bedside table, but that could only be possible relays, since of course it is far too large. . . . To sum up, [The Princeton Companion to Mathematics] is really excellent. I know of no book that will give a young student a better idea of what mathematics is about. I am certain that this is the only single book that is likely to tell me what my colleagues are doing.  Bryan Birch, Notices of the American Mathematical SocietyThe book is so rich and yet it is well done. A rare achievement indeed!  Gil Kalai, Notices of the American Mathematical SocietyMy advice to you, reader is to buy the book, open it to a random page, read, enjoy, and be enlightened.  Richard Kenyon, Notices of the American Mathematical SocietyMassive . . . endlessly fascinating.  Gregory McNamee, Bloomsbury ReviewThis volume is an enormous, farreaching effort to survey the current landscape of (pure) mathematics. Chief editor Gowers and associate editors BarrowGreen and Leader have enlisted scores of leading mathematicians worldwide to produce a gorgeous volume of longer essays and short, specific articles that convey some of the dense fabric of ideas and techniques of modern mathematics. . . . This volume should be on the shelf of every university and public library, and of every mathematicianprofessional and amateur alike.  S.J. Colley, ChoiceThe Princeton Companion to Mathematics is a friendly, informative reference book that attempts to explain what mathematics is about and what mathematicians do. Over 200 entries by a panel of experts span such topics as: the origins of modern mathematics; mathematical concepts; branches of mathematics; mathematicians that contributed to the present state of the discipline; theorems and problems; the influences of mathematics and some perspectives. Its presentations are selective, satisfying, and complete within themselves but not overbearingly comprehensive. Any reader from a curious high school student to an experienced mathematician seeking information on a particular mathematical subject outside his or her field will find this book useful. The writing is clear and the examples and illustrations beneficial.  Frank Swetz, ConvergenceEvery research mathematician, every university student of mathematics, and every serious amateur of mathematical science should own a least one copy of The Companion. Indeed, the sheer weight of the volume suggests that it is advisable to own two: one for work and one at home. . . . Even an academic sourpuss should be pleased with the attention to detail of The Companion's publishers, editors, and authors and with many judicious decisions about the level of exposition, level of detail, what to include and what to omit, and much morewhich have led to a wellintegrated and highly readable volume.  Jonathan M. Borwein, SIAM ReviewEdited by Gowers, a recipient of the Fields Medal, this volume contains almost 200 entries, commissioned especially for this book from the world's leading mathematicians. It introduces basic mathematical tools and vocabulary, traces the development of modern mathematics, defines essential terms and concepts, and puts them in context. . . . Packed with information presented in an accessible style, this is an indispensable resource for undergraduate and graduate students in mathematics as well as for researchers and scholars seeking to understand areas outside their specialties.  Library JournalThe book I'm talking about is The Princeton Companion to Mathematics. If you are in an absolute rush, the short version of my post today is, buy this book. You don't have to click on the link with my referral if you don't want to, seriously just pick up a copy of this book, I can guarantee you that it will be love at first sight. . . . The Princeton Companion to Mathematics is not only a beautiful book from an aesthetic standpoint, with its heavy, high quality pages and sturdy binding, but above all it's a monumental piece of work. I have never seen a book like this before. . . . [T]he bible of mathematics. . . . I believe this is the kind of book that will still be in use a hundred y


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