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ISBN-13 9781478600909ISBN-10 147860090X
ISBN-10 1577665392ISBN-13 9781577665397
Author(s): Robert Bond; William Keane
Publisher: Waveland Press
Copyright year: © 1999 Pages: 323

Bond and Keane explicate the elements of logical, mathematical argument to elucidate the meaning and importance of mathematical rigor. With definitions of concepts at their disposal, students learn the rules of logical inference, read and understand proofs of theorems, and write their own proofs— all while becoming familiar with the grammar of mathematics and its style. In addition, they will develop an appreciation of the different methods of proof (contradiction, induction), the value of a proof, and the beauty of an elegant argument. The authors emphasize that mathematics is an ongoing, vibrant discipline—its long, fascinating history continually intersects with territory still uncharted and questions still in need of answers. The authors’ extensive background in teaching mathematics shines through in this balanced, explicit, and engaging text, designed as a primer for higher- level mathematics courses. They elegantly demonstrate process and application and recognize the byproducts of both the achievements and the missteps of past thinkers. Chapters 1-5 introduce the fundamentals of abstract mathematics and chapters 6-8 apply the ideas and techniques, placing the earlier material in a real context. Readers’ interest is continually piqued by the use of clear explanations, practical examples, discussion and discovery exercises, and historical comments.