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Lion Hunting and Other Mathematical Pursuits

Lion Hunting and Other Mathematical Pursuits
A Collection of Mathematics, Verse, and Stories by the Late Ralph P. Boas, Jr

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Part of Dolciani Mathematical Expositions

  • Date Published: September 1996
  • availability: This item is not supplied by Cambridge University Press in your region. Please contact Mathematical Association of America for availability.
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780883853238

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  • 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. W. O. 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.

    • Anecdotes about many famous mathematicians, including Hardy and Littlewood
    • General articles about many fascinating mathematical topics
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'I highly recommend Lion Hunting and Other Mathematical Pursuits to high school mathematics clubs, mathematics teachers of all levels, and anyone interested in mathematics. Perhaps the most important feature of this book is how it subtly makes the reader aware of the nature of mathematics.' The Mathematics Teacher

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780883853238
    • length: 320 pages
    • copublisher: The Mathematical Association of America
    • dimensions: 234 x 159 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.478kg
    • availability: This item is not supplied by Cambridge University Press in your region. Please contact Mathematical Association of America for availability.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Lion hunting
    2. Infinite series
    3. Recollections and verse I
    4. The mean value theorem
    5. Recollections and verse II
    6. Indeterminate forms
    7. Recollections and verse III
    8. Complex variables
    9. Recollections and verse IV
    10. Inverse functions
    11. Recollections and verse V
    12. Bourbaki
    13. The teaching of mathematics
    14. Polynomials
    15. Polynomials
    16. Literature and mathematics
    17. Reviews and miscellaneous articles.

  • Author

    Ralph P. Boas


    Gerald L. Alexanderson

    Dale H. Mugler

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