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I, Mathematician
 
I, Mathematician
MAA Press: An Imprint of the American Mathematical Society
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MAA Press: An Imprint of the American Mathematical Society
Softcover ISBN:  978-0-88385-585-0
Product Code:  SPEC/83
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    Volume: 832015; 273 pp

    Mathematicians have pondered the psychology of the members of our tribe probably since mathematics was invented, but for certain since Hadamard's The Psychology of Invention in the Mathematical Field. The editors asked two dozen prominent mathematicians (and one spouse thereof) to ruminate on what makes us different. The answers they got are thoughtful, interesting, and thought-provoking.

    Not all respondents addressed the question directly. Michael Atiyah reflects on the tension between truth and beauty in mathematics. T. W. Korner, Alan Schoenfeld, and Hyman Bass chose to write, reflectively and thoughtfully, about teaching and learning. Others, including Ian Stewart and Jane Hawkins, write about the sociology of our community. Many of the contributions range into philosophy of mathematics and the nature of our thought processes. Any mathematician will find much of interest here.

  • Table of Contents
     
     
    • Who Are Mathematicians?
    • Foreword to Who Are Mathematicians?
    • Michael Aschbacher — Mathematicians and Mathematics
    • Pamela Aschbacher — What Are Mathematicians Really Like? Observations of a Spouse
    • Michael Atiyah — Mathematics: Art and Science
    • Peter G. Casazza — A Mathematician’s Survival Guide
    • Underwood Dudley — We Are Different
    • T. W. Körner — The Naked Lecturer
    • Steven G. Krantz — Through a Glass Darkly
    • Alan H. Schoenfeld — What’s a Nice Guy LikeMe Doing in a Place Like This?
    • Ian Stewart — A Mathematician’s Eye View
    • V. S. Varadarajan — I am a Mathematician
    • On Becoming a Mathematician
    • Foreword to On Becoming a Mathematician
    • Hyman Bass — Mathematics and Teaching
    • Jonathan M. Borwein — Who We Are and How We Got That Way?
    • Roger Cooke — Social Class and Mathematical Values in the USA
    • Keith Devlin — The Badly Taught High School Calculus Lesson and the Mathematical Journey It Led Me To
    • Sol Garfunkel — The Psychology of Being a Mathematician
    • Jane Hawkins — Dynamics of Mathematical Groups
    • Yuri I. Manin — Mathematics, Art, Civilization
    • Harold R. Parks — Questions about Mathematics
    • Mei-Chi Shaw — A Woman Mathematician’s Journey
    • Why I Became a Mathematician
    • Foreword to Why I Became a Mathematician
    • Harold P. Boas — Why I Became a Mathematician: A Personal Account
    • Aline Bonami — Why I Became a Mathematician?
    • John P. D’Angelo — Why I am a Mathematician
    • Robert E. Greene — Why I am a Mathematician
    • Jenny Harrison — Why I am a Mathematician
    • Rodolfo H. Torres — Why I Became a Mathematician
  • Additional Material
     
     
  • Reviews
     
     
    • ... Any mathematician or prospective mathematician reading this book will find much to admire therein, much to question, and much about which to reminisce. As I read, I could not help but think of my early days learning how to add integers up through twenty, and later on in graduate school, the varieties of instruction encountered, the joy of collaboration with another like mind, and more recently, the many math manuscript rejections received, and a few that were accepted. All in all, this collection of essays will be a valued resource in the continuing discussion of characterizing mathematicians and mathematical communities.

      Andrew James Simoson, Mathematical Reviews Clippings
    • ...The authors offer both humor and somber revelations about the profession to which they have devoted their lives, providing a better understanding and new perspectives of a profession often viewed as beyond the abilities of most students. The book as a whole satisfies by presenting many sides of a topic, thus appealing to a wide range of readers. Some of the essays are very math heavy and appeal to more scholarly readers, whereas others contain very little math and are more anecdotal. Some responses seem overly critical of those outside the profession, but these are balanced by humorous presentations in which the authors laugh at themselves and their own quirks. The diversity of the writing offers a little something for everyone.

      Mathematics Teacher
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Volume: 832015; 273 pp

Mathematicians have pondered the psychology of the members of our tribe probably since mathematics was invented, but for certain since Hadamard's The Psychology of Invention in the Mathematical Field. The editors asked two dozen prominent mathematicians (and one spouse thereof) to ruminate on what makes us different. The answers they got are thoughtful, interesting, and thought-provoking.

Not all respondents addressed the question directly. Michael Atiyah reflects on the tension between truth and beauty in mathematics. T. W. Korner, Alan Schoenfeld, and Hyman Bass chose to write, reflectively and thoughtfully, about teaching and learning. Others, including Ian Stewart and Jane Hawkins, write about the sociology of our community. Many of the contributions range into philosophy of mathematics and the nature of our thought processes. Any mathematician will find much of interest here.

  • Who Are Mathematicians?
  • Foreword to Who Are Mathematicians?
  • Michael Aschbacher — Mathematicians and Mathematics
  • Pamela Aschbacher — What Are Mathematicians Really Like? Observations of a Spouse
  • Michael Atiyah — Mathematics: Art and Science
  • Peter G. Casazza — A Mathematician’s Survival Guide
  • Underwood Dudley — We Are Different
  • T. W. Körner — The Naked Lecturer
  • Steven G. Krantz — Through a Glass Darkly
  • Alan H. Schoenfeld — What’s a Nice Guy LikeMe Doing in a Place Like This?
  • Ian Stewart — A Mathematician’s Eye View
  • V. S. Varadarajan — I am a Mathematician
  • On Becoming a Mathematician
  • Foreword to On Becoming a Mathematician
  • Hyman Bass — Mathematics and Teaching
  • Jonathan M. Borwein — Who We Are and How We Got That Way?
  • Roger Cooke — Social Class and Mathematical Values in the USA
  • Keith Devlin — The Badly Taught High School Calculus Lesson and the Mathematical Journey It Led Me To
  • Sol Garfunkel — The Psychology of Being a Mathematician
  • Jane Hawkins — Dynamics of Mathematical Groups
  • Yuri I. Manin — Mathematics, Art, Civilization
  • Harold R. Parks — Questions about Mathematics
  • Mei-Chi Shaw — A Woman Mathematician’s Journey
  • Why I Became a Mathematician
  • Foreword to Why I Became a Mathematician
  • Harold P. Boas — Why I Became a Mathematician: A Personal Account
  • Aline Bonami — Why I Became a Mathematician?
  • John P. D’Angelo — Why I am a Mathematician
  • Robert E. Greene — Why I am a Mathematician
  • Jenny Harrison — Why I am a Mathematician
  • Rodolfo H. Torres — Why I Became a Mathematician
  • ... Any mathematician or prospective mathematician reading this book will find much to admire therein, much to question, and much about which to reminisce. As I read, I could not help but think of my early days learning how to add integers up through twenty, and later on in graduate school, the varieties of instruction encountered, the joy of collaboration with another like mind, and more recently, the many math manuscript rejections received, and a few that were accepted. All in all, this collection of essays will be a valued resource in the continuing discussion of characterizing mathematicians and mathematical communities.

    Andrew James Simoson, Mathematical Reviews Clippings
  • ...The authors offer both humor and somber revelations about the profession to which they have devoted their lives, providing a better understanding and new perspectives of a profession often viewed as beyond the abilities of most students. The book as a whole satisfies by presenting many sides of a topic, thus appealing to a wide range of readers. Some of the essays are very math heavy and appeal to more scholarly readers, whereas others contain very little math and are more anecdotal. Some responses seem overly critical of those outside the profession, but these are balanced by humorous presentations in which the authors laugh at themselves and their own quirks. The diversity of the writing offers a little something for everyone.

    Mathematics Teacher
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