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Conversational Problem Solving
 
Richard P. Stanley University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
Conversational Problem Solving
Softcover ISBN:  978-1-4704-5635-1
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Conversational Problem Solving
Richard P. Stanley University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
Softcover ISBN:  978-1-4704-5635-1
Product Code:  MBK/130
List Price: $50.00
MAA Member Price: $45.00
AMS Member Price: $40.00
Sale Price: $30.00
eBook ISBN:  978-1-4704-5694-8
Product Code:  MBK/130.E
List Price: $50.00
MAA Member Price: $45.00
AMS Member Price: $40.00
Sale Price: $30.00
Softcover ISBN:  978-1-4704-5635-1
eBook ISBN:  978-1-4704-5694-8
Product Code:  MBK/130.B
List Price: $100.00 $75.00
MAA Member Price: $90.00 $67.50
AMS Member Price: $80.00 $60.00
Sale Price: $60.00 $45.00
  • Book Details
     
     
    2020; 178 pp
    MSC: Primary 00

    2021 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

    This book features mathematical problems and results that would be of interest to all mathematicians, but especially undergraduates (and even high school students) who participate in mathematical competitions such as the International Math Olympiads and Putnam Competition. The format is a dialogue between a professor and eight students in a summer problem solving camp and allows for a conversational approach to the problems as well as some mathematical humor and a few nonmathematical digressions.

    The problems have been selected for their entertainment value, elegance, trickiness, and unexpectedness, and have a wide range of difficulty, from trivial to horrendous. They range over a wide variety of topics including combinatorics, algebra, probability, geometry, and set theory. Most of the problems have not appeared before in a problem or expository format. A Notes section at the end of the book gives historical information and references.

    Readership

    Undergraduate students and instructors interested in the art of problem solving.

  • Table of Contents
     
     
    • Chapters
    • The first day
    • Polynomials
    • Base mathematics
    • A mysterious visitor
    • Set theory
    • Triangles
    • Independence day
    • Independence aftermath
    • Amanda
    • An aesthetical error
    • Miraculous cancellation
    • Probability theory
    • Geometry
    • Hodegepodge
    • Self-referential mathematics
    • All good things must come to an end
    • Notes
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2020; 178 pp
MSC: Primary 00

2021 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

This book features mathematical problems and results that would be of interest to all mathematicians, but especially undergraduates (and even high school students) who participate in mathematical competitions such as the International Math Olympiads and Putnam Competition. The format is a dialogue between a professor and eight students in a summer problem solving camp and allows for a conversational approach to the problems as well as some mathematical humor and a few nonmathematical digressions.

The problems have been selected for their entertainment value, elegance, trickiness, and unexpectedness, and have a wide range of difficulty, from trivial to horrendous. They range over a wide variety of topics including combinatorics, algebra, probability, geometry, and set theory. Most of the problems have not appeared before in a problem or expository format. A Notes section at the end of the book gives historical information and references.

Readership

Undergraduate students and instructors interested in the art of problem solving.

  • Chapters
  • The first day
  • Polynomials
  • Base mathematics
  • A mysterious visitor
  • Set theory
  • Triangles
  • Independence day
  • Independence aftermath
  • Amanda
  • An aesthetical error
  • Miraculous cancellation
  • Probability theory
  • Geometry
  • Hodegepodge
  • Self-referential mathematics
  • All good things must come to an end
  • Notes
Review Copy – for publishers of book reviews
Permission – for use of book, eBook, or Journal content
Accessibility – to request an alternate format of an AMS title
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