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Fearless Symmetry: Exposing the Hidden Patterns of Numbers (Hardcover)

Author: Ash, Avner

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"All too often, abstract mathematics, one of the most beautiful of human intellectual creations, is ground into the dry dust of drills and proofs. Useful, yes; exciting, no. Avner Ash and Robert Gross have done something different--by focusing on the ideas that modern mathematicians actually care about. "Fearless Symmetry" is a book about detecting hidden patterns, about finding definitions that clarify, about the study of numbers that has entranced some of our great thinkers for thousands of years. It is a book that takes on number theory in a way that a nonmathematician can follow-systematically but without a barrage of technicalities. Ash and Gross are two terrific guides who take the reader, scientist or layman, on a wonderful hike through concepts that matter, culminating in the extraordinary peaks that surround the irresistible, beckoning claim of Fermat's Last Theorem."--Peter Galison, Harvard University

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Publisher Princeton Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780691124926
SKU 202149655
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0691124922
Release Date 6/2/2006
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