
Mathematical World 1996; 102 pp; softcover Volume: 5 Reprint/Revision History: fourth printing 1999 ISBN10: 0821804502 ISBN13: 9780821804506 List Price: US$23 Member Price: US$18.40 Order Code: MAWRLD/5 See also: Knots and Surfaces: A Guide to Discovering Mathematics  David W Farmer and Theodore B Stanford  In most mathematics textbooks, the most exciting part of mathematicsthe process of invention and discoveryis completely hidden from the reader. The aim of Groups and Symmetry 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 onesemester 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 Knots and Surfaces: A Guide to Discovering Mathematics. Request an examination or desk copy. Readership Undergraduate students, graduate students, and research mathematicians interested in an introduction to modern areas of mathematics. Reviews "Nicely produced and concentrates on the informal analysis of geometrical patterns with the emphasis on informality ... could serve as a useful collection of activities to precede a formal course and would provide a range of intuitive experiences to which the more formal treatment could refer."  The Mathematical Gazette "On the basis of this book it is possible to tailor a good course for high school students to really discover mathematics ... for anyone who is working with high school students in an advanced level the book is really recommended."  Zentralblatt MATH "Written in a lively conversational style ... entertaining, and sometimes provoking, and will doubtlessly prove useful to its intended audience."  Mathematical Reviews Table of Contents



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