- Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press c2008
- 9780691118802 (hardcover : alk. paper)
- Includes bibliographical references.
- Description based on title page of print version.
- Available through Credo Reference.
- Mode of access: World Wide Web.
- Part I. Introduction -- Part II. The origins of modern mathematics -- Part III. Mathematical concepts -- Part IV. Branches of mathematics -- Part V. Theorems and problems -- Part VI. Mathematicians -- Part VII. Final perspectives.
- Abstract: This is a one-of-a-kind reference for anyone with a serious interest in mathematics. Presents entries, written especially for this book by some of the world's leading mathematicians, that introduce basic mathematical tools and vocabulary; trace the development of modern mathematics; explain essential terms and concepts; examine core ideas in major areas of mathematics; describe the achievements of scores of famous mathematicians; explore the impact of mathematics on other disciplines such as biology, finance, and music--and much, much more. Unparalleled in its depth of coverage, The Princeton Companion to Mathematics surveys the most active and exciting branches of pure mathematics, providing the context and broad perspective that are vital at a time of increasing specialization in the field. Packed with information and presented in an accessible style, this is an indispensable resource for undergraduate and graduate students in mathematics as well as for researchers and scholars seeking to understand areas outside their specialties.
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