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The Moment of Proof Mathematical Epiphanies

by Donald C. Benson

  • ISBN: 9780195139198
  • ISBN10: 0195139194

The Moment of Proof Mathematical Epiphanies

by Donald C. Benson

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 10/01/2000
  • ISBN: 9780195139198
  • ISBN10: 0195139194
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Description: When Archimedes, while bathing, suddenly hit upon the principle of buoyancy, he ran wildly through the streets of Syracuse, stark naked, crying "eureka!" In The Moment of Proof, Donald Benson attempts to convey to general readers the feeling of eureka -- the joy of discovery -- that mathematicians feet when they first encounter an elegant proof.

A brilliant introduction to the pleasures of mathematical thinking, this book is brimming with intriguing conundrums -- such as Lloyd's Fifteen Puzzle, the Petersburg Paradox, the Chaos Game, the Monty Hall Problem, and the Prisoners' Dilemma -- as well as many mathematical curiosities. Moreover, Benson takes readers step-by-step through these many mathematical wonders, so that readers arrive at the solution much the way a working scientist would -- and with much the same feeling of surprise.

Every fan of mathematical puzzles will be enthralled by this book, and anyone interested in mathematics, or in scientific discovery in general, will want to own it.

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