The Princeton Companion to Mathematics

| March 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

I think the best description of “The Princeton Companion to Mathematics” is an encyclopaedia of mathematics. It’s a heroic attempt to keep abstract concepts to a minimum and convey the breadth, depth and diversity of mathematics in one huge tome. It is impressive and well written guide to the world of mathematics and every mathematics enthusiast should have one.


Basic Info

  • Hardcover: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (September 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691118809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691118802
  • Average Amazon Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


About the Authors

The book has three editors: Timothy Gowers, June Barrow-Green, Imre Leader. Timothy Gowers is a professor or mathematics in the University of Cambridge, UK and a Royal Society Research professor. His research interests include Functional Analysis and combinatorics.

June Barrow-Green is a Senior Lecturer of History and Mathematics at the Open University. Her research interests include research in dynamical systems theory, and history of Mathematics.

Imre Bennett Leader is a British mathematician and Professor of Pure Mathematics, specifically combinatorics, at the University of Cambridge.


Short Review

The Princeton Companion to Mathematics is a friendly, informative reference book that attempts to explain what mathematics is about and what mathematicians do. Over 200 entries by a panel of experts span such topics as: the origins of modern mathematics; mathematical concepts; branches of mathematics; mathematicians that contributed to the present state of the discipline; theorems and problems; the influences of mathematics and some perspectives. Its presentations are selective, satisfying, and complete within themselves but not overbearingly comprehensive. Any reader from a curious high school student to an experienced mathematician seeking information on a particular mathematical subject outside his or her field will find this book useful. The writing is clear and the examples and illustrations beneficial. — Frank Swetz, Convergence.

This is a one-of-a-kind reference for anyone with a serious interest in mathematics. Edited by Timothy Gowers, a recipient of the Fields Medal, it presents nearly two hundred 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.




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