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Book DetailsSpectrumVolume: 83; 2015; 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 thoughtprovoking.
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

MeiChi 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


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... 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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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 thoughtprovoking.
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

MeiChi 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