Saturday, October 01, 2005

On mathematics, imagination & the beauty of numbers

It's always nice to see this kind of infomration, because indeed if one were to start later on in life, then why not learn new things like mathematics. Especially, if it seems to be thta there is some consistancy in thought about geometry, that had been taken hold of, and leads the thinking mind capable.

Dialogue between Barry Mazur & Peter Pesic
Barry Mazur:
I can’t answer that question, but I can offer some comments. A person’s ½rst steps in his or her mathematical development are exceedingly important. Early education deserves our efforts and ingenuity. But also here is a message to any older person who has never given a thought to mathematics or science during their school days or afterwards: You may be ready to start. Starting can be intellectually thrilling, and there are quite a few old classics written in just the right style to accompany you as you begin to take your ½rst steps in mathematics. I’m thinking, for example, of the old T. C.Mits series, or Tobias Dantizg’s wonderful Number: The Language of Science, or Lancelot Hogben’s Mathematics for the Millions. Moreover, one should not be dismayed that there are many steps– there is no need to take them all. Just enjoy each one you do take

Make it Fun

Like Alice in Wonderland or views on the Looking Glast, it was not to hard to figure out that mathematicians like to tell stories too. Bring the latest together in a way that the layman can accept at the level societal minds do. It is interesting indeed in facing the strange and wonderful world of scientists and mathematicians in their abstract mood.

The New World of Mr. Tompkins, by George Gamow and Russell Stannard, Cambridge, ISBN 0 521 63009 6
After sending the piece to several large circulation magazines and receiving impersonal rejection slips, Gamow put it to one side until his physicist friend, Sir Charles Darwin (the grandson of the author of The Origin of Species), suggested sending it to C P Snow, then the editor of Discovery magazine, published by Cambridge University Press. The text was immediately accepted and the discerning Snow demanded more.
Mr Tompkins tries valiantly to follow dry science lectures, but easily falls asleep. However, all becomes clear in his vivid dreams. Soon the articles were collected into Mr Tompkins in Wonderland, published in 1940, followed by Mr Tompkins Explores the Atom in 1944. Each was a major success and the two volumes were reissued with additional material as a single volume in 1965. This reissue alone was reprinted some 20 times.

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