Is Maths Real?: How Simple Questions Lead Us to Mathematics’ Deepest Truths (Paperback)
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Is Maths Real?: How Simple Questions Lead Us to Mathematics’ Deepest Truths (Paperback)

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Published: 06/06/2024
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Passionate, eye-opening and accessible, Is Maths Real? is a love letter to the curious spirit of the discipline from mathematician and author of X+Y Eugenia Cheng.

To many, maths feels like an unmapped wilderness. Between abstract concepts like imaginary numbers and infinity, it can sometimes feel like a lot of maths is just made up. Why, for example, is 1 not a prime? Why do two negatives cancel each other out? Where does trigonometry come from? Is maths even real?

Abstract mathematician Eugenia Cheng shows that curiosity is the best teacher. Is Maths Real? takes us on a scintillating tour of the simple questions that provoke mathematics' deepest insights.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781788169530
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 258 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 26 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

A generous tour of mathematics for anyone whose instincts tend less towards "Just tell me the answer" and more towards "Wait, but why?" - Jordan Ellenberg, author, Shape

A brilliant rebuttal to those who see math as only about right answers, rather than about creative discovery. [Cheng] masterfully uncovers what's simply profound in the profoundly simple - Francis Su, author, Mathematics for Human Flourishing

Intriguing ... Celebrates the dizziness and disorientation engendered by childlike questions that hint at the deep mysteries beneath - Anil Ananthaswamy, New Scientist

Discover what it feels like to be a real mathematician ... This is a human pursuit, depicted here from the inside - Simon Ings, Telegraph

An entertaining foray into the more philosophical realms of mathematics ... for the budding mathematician in the house, to say nothing of lovers of puzzles and enigmas - Kirkus

Reminds us that maths is driven by human curiosity and creativity - not by right and wrong answers - NPR

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