Description 
1 online resource (xlvi, 242 pages) : illustrations 
Contents 
What is mathematics? Mathematics and common sense : relations and contrasts  How common sense impacts mathematical reasoning : some very simple problems  Where is mathematical knowledge lodged, and where does it come from?  What is mathematical intuition?  Are people hardwired to do mathematics?  Why counting is impossible  Quantification in today's world  When should one add two numbers?  Category dilemmas  Deductive mathematics  Mathematics brings forth entities whose existence is counterintuitive  "In principle we can?" : mathematical existentialism  Mathematical proof and its discontents  The logic of mathematics can spawn monsters  Rules and their exceptions  If mathematics says "no" does it really mean it?  Inconsistencies and their virtues  On ambiguity in mathematics  Mathematical evidence : why i believe a theorem  Simplicity, complexity, beauty  The decline and resurgence of the visual in mathematics  When is a problem solved?  What is meant by the word "random"?  The paradox of "hitting it big"  Probability and common sense : a second look  Astrology as early applied mathematics  Mumbo math  Math mixes it up with baseball  Mickey flies the stealth: mathematics, war and entertainment  The media and mathematics look at each other  Platonism vs. social constructivism  Mathematics at the razor's edge 
Summary 
The Mathematical Intelligencer, May 2008""]]> 
Bibliography 
Includes bibliographical references 
Notes 
Print version record 
Subject 
Common sense


Knowledge, Theory of


Logic, Symbolic and mathematical  Methodology


Reasoning


Common sense.


Knowledge, Theory of.


MATHEMATICS  General.


Reasoning.

Form 
Electronic book

ISBN 
1439864322 

9781439864326 
