Lion Hunting & Other Mathematical Pursuits: A Collection of Mathematics, Verse and Stories

Voorkant
American Mathematical Soc., 31 jul. 2020 - 308 pagina's
In the famous paper of 1938, “A Contribution to the Mathematical Theory of Big Game Hunting”, written by Ralph Boas along with Frank Smithies, using the pseudonym H. Pétard, Boas describes sixteen methods for hunting a lion. This marvelous collection of Boas memorabilia contains not only the original article, but also several additional articles, as late as 1985, giving many further methods. But once you are through with lion hunting, you can hunt through the remainder of the book to find numerous gems by and about this remarkable mathematician. Not only will you find his biography of Bourbaki along with a description of his feud with the French mathematician, but also you will find a lucid discussion of the mean value theorem. There are anecdotes Boas told about many famous mathematicians, along with a large collection of his mathematical verses. You will find mathematical articles like a proof of the fundamental theorem of algebra and pedagogical articles giving Boas' views on making mathematics intelligible.
 

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Autobiographical Essay by Ralph P Boas Jr
1
Reminiscences
25
1 Lion Hunting
41
2 Infinite Series
65
3 Recollections and Verse I
95
4 The Mean Value Theorem
107
5 Recollections and Verse II
123
6 Indeterminate Forms
133
11 Recollections and Verse V
197
12 Bourbaki
207
13 The Teaching of Mathematics
221
14 Polynomials
245
15 Literature and Mathematics
251
16 Reviews and Miscellaneous Articles
267
Reminiscences by Students
280
Ralph P Boas JrBibliography
289

7 Recollections and Verse III
149
8 Complex Variables
159
9 Recollections and Verse IV
171
10 Inverse Functions
185
Index
301
Back cover
314
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