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2000; 75 pp; softcover
List Price: US$18
Member Price: US$14.40
Order Code: MAWRLD/16
This is the English translation of the book originally published in Russian. It contains 20 essays, each dealing with a separate mathematical topic. The topics range from brilliant mathematical statements with interesting proofs, to simple and effective methods of problem-solving, to interesting properties of polynomials, to exceptional points of the triangle. Many of the topics have a long and interesting history. The author has lectured on them to students worldwide.
The essays are independent of one another for the most part, and each presents a vivid mathematical result that led to current research in number theory, geometry, polynomial algebra, or topology.
Advanced high school and undergraduate students, mathematics educators at secondary and university level; general mathematical audience.
"This volume is quite delightful ... Each essay ... engages the reader's interest in an immediate and lively manner ... can be highly recommended for well-prepared students aspiring to a top-level mathematics degree and will prove a marvelous source for teachers ... a good bedtime read for Putnam competitors ... a pleasure indeed for the general lover of mathematics."
-- Mathematical Reviews
"A worthwhile resource for mathematics departments to have on hand ... this collection serves as a nice resource for accessible topics beyond the standard curriculum around the level of calculus."
-- MAA Online
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