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Book DetailsDolciani Mathematical ExpositionsVolume: 15; 1995; 308 pp
In the famous paper of 1938, “A Contribution to the Mathematical Theory of Big Game Hunting”, written by Ralph Boas along with Frank Smithies, using the pseudonym H. Pétard, Boas describes sixteen methods for hunting a lion. This marvelous collection of Boas memorabilia contains not only the original article, but also several additional articles, as late as 1985, giving many further methods. But once you are through with lion hunting, you can hunt through the remainder of the book to find numerous gems by and about this remarkable mathematician. Not only will you find his biography of Bourbaki along with a description of his feud with the French mathematician, but also you will find a lucid discussion of the mean value theorem. There are anecdotes Boas told about many famous mathematicians, along with a large collection of his mathematical verses. You will find mathematical articles like a proof of the fundamental theorem of algebra and pedagogical articles giving Boas' views on making mathematics intelligible.

Table of Contents

Chapters

Autobiographical Essay by Ralph P. Boas, Jr.

Reminiscences

1. Lion Hunting

2. Infinite Series

3. Recollections and Verse I

4. The Mean Value Theorem

5. Recollections and Verse II

6. Indeterminate Forms

7. Recollections and Verse III

8. Complex Variables

9. Recollections and Verse IV

10. Inverse Functions

11. Recollections and Verse V

12. Bourbaki

13. The Teaching of Mathematics

14. Polynomials

15. Literature and Mathematics

16. Reviews and Miscellaneous Articles


Reviews

'I highly recommend Lion Hunting and Other Mathematical Pursuits to high school mathematics clubs, mathematics teachers of all levels, and anyone interested in mathematics. Perhaps the most important feature of this book is how it subtly makes the reader aware of the nature of mathematics.'
The Mathematics Teacher


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In the famous paper of 1938, “A Contribution to the Mathematical Theory of Big Game Hunting”, written by Ralph Boas along with Frank Smithies, using the pseudonym H. Pétard, Boas describes sixteen methods for hunting a lion. This marvelous collection of Boas memorabilia contains not only the original article, but also several additional articles, as late as 1985, giving many further methods. But once you are through with lion hunting, you can hunt through the remainder of the book to find numerous gems by and about this remarkable mathematician. Not only will you find his biography of Bourbaki along with a description of his feud with the French mathematician, but also you will find a lucid discussion of the mean value theorem. There are anecdotes Boas told about many famous mathematicians, along with a large collection of his mathematical verses. You will find mathematical articles like a proof of the fundamental theorem of algebra and pedagogical articles giving Boas' views on making mathematics intelligible.

Chapters

Autobiographical Essay by Ralph P. Boas, Jr.

Reminiscences

1. Lion Hunting

2. Infinite Series

3. Recollections and Verse I

4. The Mean Value Theorem

5. Recollections and Verse II

6. Indeterminate Forms

7. Recollections and Verse III

8. Complex Variables

9. Recollections and Verse IV

10. Inverse Functions

11. Recollections and Verse V

12. Bourbaki

13. The Teaching of Mathematics

14. Polynomials

15. Literature and Mathematics

16. Reviews and Miscellaneous Articles

'I highly recommend Lion Hunting and Other Mathematical Pursuits to high school mathematics clubs, mathematics teachers of all levels, and anyone interested in mathematics. Perhaps the most important feature of this book is how it subtly makes the reader aware of the nature of mathematics.'
The Mathematics Teacher