# Mathematics a very short introduction

## Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction by Timothy Gowers

The aim of this book is to explain, carefully but not technically, the differences between advanced, research-level mathematics, and the sort of mathematics we learn at school. The most fundamental differences are philosophical, and readers of this book will emerge with a clearer understanding of paradoxical-sounding concepts such as infinity, curved space, and imaginary numbers. The first few chapters are about general aspects of mathematical thought. These are followed by discussions of more specific topics, and the book closes with a chapter answering common sociological questions about the mathematical community (such as Is it true that mathematicians burn out at the age of 25?) It is the ideal introduction for anyone who wishes to deepen their understanding of mathematics.**About the Series:**Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style,

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## Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction

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The aim of Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction is to explain, carefully but not technically, the differences between advanced, research-level mathematics, and the sort of mathematics we learn at school. It offers readers an insight into such seemingly paradoxical concepts as infinity, imaginary numbers, and curved space. The first few chapters are concerned with general aspects of mathematical thought and are followed by chapters on more specific topics such as limits and infinity, dimension, geometry, and estimates and approximations. It concludes with some answers to common sociological questions about the mathematical community. Keywords: abstraction , area , associative , commutative , Euclid , geometry , infinity , mathematics , space , square root.

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One of Oxford University Press's series of "Short Introductions", this book is a rigorous and challenging description, by one of the greatest pure mathematicians alive Timothy Gowers is Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, and a Fields Medal recipient , of what mathematics is.