Sets, Functions, and Logic: A Foundation Course in Mathematics, Second Edition (Chapman Hall/CRC Mathematics Series)

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9780412459801: Sets, Functions, and Logic: A Foundation Course in Mathematics, Second Edition (Chapman Hall/CRC Mathematics Series)

This text provides a solid foundation in the basic logical concepts for most of the subjects encountered in university mathematics, including basic college-level algebra and analysis. The first edition has been completely rewritten and expanded in response to a decade of teaching the subjects. This text is written for the students beginning "abstract pure mathematics" at university or college level. For the student beginning to study mathematics at this level there is a distinction between what she or he has done in the past and what lies ahead. What the student needs to acquire mastery of what is virtually an entirely new language -the language of mathematics- and to adopt an entirely new way of thinking.

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Dr. Keith Devlin is Executive Director of Stanford University's Center for the Study of Language and Information and a Consulting Professor of Mathematics at Stanford. He has written 23 books, one interactive book on CD-ROM, and over 70 published research articles. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a World Economic Forum Fellow, and a former member of the Mathematical Sciences Education Board of the National Academy of Sciences,.

Dr. Devlin is also one of the world's leading popularizers of mathematics. Known as "The Math Guy" on NPR's Weekend Edition, he is a frequent contributor to other local and national radio and TV shows in the US and Britain, writes a monthly column for the Web journal MAA Online, and regularly writes on mathematics.

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The book is written in a language both accessible and attractive to students. The author succeeds in not falling into the trap of a sort of 'mathematical baby talk' to meet his goals. ... Students crossing the bridge from calculus to higher mathematics will find the book very helpful. But it is also very helpful to academics in other areas who want to have access to mathematical publications relevant to their fields, but need to become familiar with the notations and language currently used by research mathematicians.
- Zentralblatt MATH, 1048

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