What Is Mathematics? An Elementary Approach to Ideas and Methods by Richard Courant
Oxford University Press; 2 edition | July 18, 1996 | English | ISBN: 0195105192 | 591 pages | PDF | 12 MB
For more than two thousand years a familiarity with mathematics has been regarded as an indispensable part of the intellectual equipment of every cultured person. Today, unfortunately, the traditional place of mathematics in education is in grave danger. The teaching and learning of mathematics has degenerated into the realm of rote memorization, the outcome of which leads to satisfactory formal ability but does not lead to real understanding or to greater intellectual independence. This new edition of Richard Courant's and Herbert Robbins's classic work seeks to address this problem. Its goal is to put the meaning back into mathematics.