CMS Books in Mathematics

Mathematics and the Aesthetic

New Approaches to an Ancient Affinity

Editors: Sinclair, Nathalie, Higginson, William (Eds.)

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About this book

The essays in this book explore the ancient affinity between the mathematical and the aesthetic, focusing on the fundamental connections between these two modes of reasoning and communicating. From historical, philosophical and psychological perspectives, with particular attention to certain mathematical areas such as geometry and analysis, the authors examine the ways in which the aesthetic is ever present in mathematical thinking and contributes to the growth and value of mathematical knowledge.

This book includes the following essays:

• A Historical Gaze at the Mathematical Aesthetic, by Nathalie Sinclair and David Pimm

• Aesthetics for the Working Mathematician, by Jonathan M. Borwein

• Beauty and Truth in Mathematics, by Doris Schattschneider

• Experiencing Meanings in Geometry, by David W. Henderson and Daina Taimina

• The Aesthetic Sensibilities of Mathematicians, by Nathalie Sinclair

• The Meaning of Pattern, by Martin Schiralli

• Mathematics, Aesthetics and Being Human, by William Higginson

• Mechanism and Magic in the Psychology of Dynamic Geometry, by R. Nicholas Jackiw

• Drawing on the Image in Mathematics and Art, by David Pimm

• Sensible Objects, by Dick Tahta

• Aesthetics and the ‘Mathematical Mind’, by David Pimm and Nathalie Sinclair

Reviews

From the reviews:

"The essays in this book represent diverse reflections on attempts to ground the aesthetics that operate within mathematical practice and to account for their origins. … Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates; faculty." (D. V. Feldman, CHOICE, Vol. 44 (11), July, 2007)

“Mathematics and the Aesthetic is a heavy book. I mean this in the literal sense: at 288 pages, it weighs 721 grams. … high-quality paper is matched by a sense of attention to detail throughout. The color pictures are … well presented; the text is easy to read. … Enter Sinclair, Pimm, and Higginson. … assembled a group of scholars with diverse academic credentials: philosophers, math educators, and (yes) research mathematicians. … Mathematics and the Aesthetic is a thoughtful collection of essays … .” (Annalisa Crannell, Notices of the AMS, Vol. 56 (2), February, 2010)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • A Historical Gaze at the Mathematical Aesthetic

    Sinclair, Nathalie (et al.)

    Pages 1-17

  • Aesthetics for the Working Mathematician

    Borwein, Jonathan M.

    Pages 21-40

  • Beauty and Truth in Mathematics

    Schattschneider, Doris

    Pages 41-57

  • Experiencing Meanings in Geometry

    Henderson, David W. (et al.)

    Pages 58-83

  • The Aesthetic Sensibilities of Mathematicians

    Sinclair, Nathalie

    Pages 87-104

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-0-387-38145-9
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-0-387-30526-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $109.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4419-2144-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mathematics and the Aesthetic
Book Subtitle
New Approaches to an Ancient Affinity
Editors
  • Nathalie Sinclair
  • William Higginson
Series Title
CMS Books in Mathematics
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-38145-9
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-38145-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-30526-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-2144-4
Series ISSN
1613-5237
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 288
Number of Illustrations and Tables
65 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour
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