MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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A Mathematical Mystery Tour: Discovering the Truth and Beauty of the Cosmos (1999)
A.K. Dewdney
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Highly Rated!

A "chicken and the egg"-type question of interest to fans of mathematics is this: "Are mathematical results discovered or invented?" To answer this question, A.K. Dewdney takes a "mathematical" tour through history, talking to characters who may be able to help solve this "mystery".
Note that this book was reviewed in the AMS Notices.

Contributed by Philip Ansbaugh

"I found this book very hard to put down. I am by no means a mathematician yet I found it higly informative. I think it should be required reading for all begginning math classes. The problem I had in math (in school) was the inability of my teachers to explain why we needed to know algebra , calc. etc."

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Ratings for A Mathematical Mystery Tour: Discovering the Truth and Beauty of the Cosmos:
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Mathematical Content:
3.67/5 (6 votes)
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Literary Quality:
4.5/5 (6 votes)
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Categories:
GenreHistorical Fiction, Didactic,
Motif
TopicReal Mathematics, Logic/Set Theory,
Medium

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