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How to Prove It
A Structured Approach

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: January 2006
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521675994

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  • Geared to preparing students to make the transition from solving problems to proving theorems, this text teaches them the techniques needed to read and write proofs. The book begins with the basic concepts of logic and set theory, to familiarize students with the language of mathematics and how it is interpreted. These concepts are used as the basis for a step-by-step breakdown of the most important techniques used in constructing proofs. To help students construct their own proofs, this new edition contains over 200 new exercises, selected solutions, and an introduction to Proof Designer software. No background beyond standard high school mathematics is assumed. Previous Edition Hb (1994) 0-521-44116-1 Previous Edition Pb (1994) 0-521-44663-5

    • Systematic and thorough, shows how several techniques can be combined to construct a complex proof
    • Selected solutions and hints now provided, plus over 200 exercises some using Proof Designer software to help students learn to construct their own proofs
    • Covers logic, set theory, relations, functions and cardinality
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "The prose is clear and cogent ... the exercises are plentiful and are pitched at the right level.... I recommend this book very highly!"
    MAA Reviews

    "The book provides a valuable introduction to the nuts and bolts of mathematical proofs in general."
    SIAM Review

    "This is a good book, and an exceptionally good mathematics book. Thorough and clear explanations, examples, and (especially) exercised with complete solutions all contribute to make this an excellent choice for teaching yourself, or a class, about writing proofs."
    Brent Smith, SIGACT News

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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: January 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521675994
    • length: 398 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 10 tables 536 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Sentential logic
    2. Quantificational logic
    3. Proofs
    4. Relations
    5. Functions
    6. Mathematical induction
    7. Infinite sets.

  • Author

    Daniel J. Velleman, Amherst College, Massachusetts
    Daniel J. Velleman received his B.A. at Dartmouth College in 1976 summa cum laude, the highest distinction in mathematics. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1980 and was an instructor at the University of Texas-Austin, 1980–1983. His other books include Which Way Did the Bicycle Go? (with Stan Wagon and Joe Konhauser), 1996; Philosophies of Mathematics (with Alexander George), 2002. Among his awards and distinctions are the Lester R. Ford Award for the paper Versatile Coins (with Istvan Szalkai), 1994, the Carl B. Allendoerfer Award for the paper 'Permutations and Combination Locks' (with Greg Call), 1996. He's been a member of the editorial board for American Mathematical Monthly from 1997 to today and was Editor of Dolciani Mathematical Expositions from 1999-2004. He published papers in Journal of Symbolic Logic, Annals of Pure and Applied Logic, Transactions of the American Mathematical Society, Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society, American Mathematical Monthly, Mathematics Magazine, Mathematical Intelligencer, Philosophical Review, American Journal of Physics.

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