This book is a mathematical potpourri. Its material originated in classroom presentations, formal lectures, sections of earlier books, book reviews, or just things written by the author for his own pleasure. Written in a nontechnical fashion, this book expresses the unique vision and attitude of the author towards the role of mathematics in society. It contains observations or incidental remarks on mathematics, its nature, its impacts on education and science and technology, its personalities and their philosophies. The book is directed towards the math buffs of the world and, more generally, towards the literate and interested public. Philip Davis is known for his work in numerical analysis and approximation theory, as well as his investigations in the history and philosophy of mathematics. Currently a Professor Emeritus from the Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown University, Davis is known for his books both in the areas of computational mathematics and approximation theory and for books exploring certain questions in the philosophy of mathematics and the role of mathematics in society.

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Opening the collection of essays on Unity and disunity by Philip K. Davis to any selection was like...hearing my friend's voice rise and fall, synthesizing disparate ideas in a wondrous conversation between the one and the universe, with me as a permitted eavesdropper...If you want a fun book to read, you will find treasures here in these essays by one who does indeed span the two cultures. --Andrew James Simoson, Mathematical Reviews

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