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By Mircea Pitici

This annual anthology brings jointly the year's best arithmetic writing from worldwide. that includes promising new voices along a number of the preferable names within the box, The top Writing on arithmetic 2015 makes on hand to a large viewers many articles now not simply came across anyplace else--and you don't want to be a mathematician to take pleasure in them. those writings supply impressive insights into the character, which means, and perform of arithmetic this present day. They delve into the heritage, philosophy, educating, and daily occurrences of math, and take readers backstage of present day most well-liked mathematical debates.

Here David Hand explains why we should always really anticipate not likely coincidences to occur; Arthur Benjamin and Ethan Brown unveil options for improvising customized magic quantity squares; Dana Mackenzie describes how mathematicians are making crucial contributions to the improvement of man-made biology; Steven Strogatz tells us why it is worthy writing approximately math for those who are alienated from it; Lisa Rougetet strains the earliest written descriptions of Nim, a well-liked online game of mathematical method; Scott Aaronson seems to be on the unforeseen implications of checking out numbers for randomness; and masses, a lot more.

In addition to featuring the year's so much memorable writings on arithmetic, this must-have anthology incorporates a bibliography of different striking writings and an advent by means of the editor, Mircea Pitici. This booklet belongs at the shelf of someone drawn to the place math has taken us--and the place it really is headed.

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