For many years, Serge Lang has given talks on selected items in mathematics which could be extracted at a level understandable by those who have had calculus. Written in a conversational tone, Lang now presents a collection of those talks as a book covering such topics as: prime numbers, the abc conjecture, approximation theorems of analysis, Bruhat-Tits spaces, and harmonic and symmetric polynomials. Each talk is written in a lively and informal style meant to engage any reader looking for further insight into mathematics.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Number of pages: 121
Weight: 213 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 7 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 199
"This new book of its very prolific author is based on talks delivered by him at European and North American universities. It takes the form of simulated discussions: expositions are combined with students'questions and remarks. The material is chosen to be accessible with minimal prerequisites and of interest to a broad mathematically oriented audience. ... The text is written in a lively light style with an adequate degree of precision. Even for more advanced readers it provides pleasant reading, showing how to popularise mathematics."
EMS Newsletter, Vol. 37, Sept. 2000