Knots and Surfaces: A Guide to Discovering Mathematics
About this Title
David W. Farmer, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA and Theodore B. Stanford, University of Nevada, Reno, NV
Publication: Mathematical World
Publication Year 1996: Volume 6
ISBNs: 978-0-8218-0451-3 (print); 978-1-4704-1191-6 (online)
MathSciNet review: MR1361882
MSC: Primary 57M25; Secondary 00A08, 05C10, 57M15
In most mathematics textbooks, the most exciting part of mathematics—the process of invention and discovery—is completely hidden from the reader. The aim of Knots and Surfaces is to change all that. By means of a series of carefully selected tasks, this book leads readers to discover some real mathematics. There are no formulas to memorize; no procedures to follow. The book is a guide: its job is to start you in the right direction and to bring you back if you stray too far. Discovery is left to you.
Suitable for a one-semester course at the beginning undergraduate level, there are no prerequisites for understanding the text. Any college student interested in discovering the beauty of mathematics will enjoy a course taught from this book. The book has also been used successfully with nonscience students who want to fulfill a science requirement.
Also available from the AMS by David W. Farmer is Groups and Symmetry: A Guide to Discovering Mathematics.
Undergraduate students, graduate students, and research mathematicians interested in an introduction to modern areas of mathematics.
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