Reading, Writing, and Proving

A Closer Look at Mathematics

  • Ulrich Daepp
  • Pamela Gorkin

Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics book series (UTM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Pages 17-29
  3. Pages 53-62
  4. Pages 63-77
  5. Pages 79-87
  6. Pages 109-117
  7. Pages 119-127
  8. Pages 129-145
  9. Pages 175-189
  10. Pages 207-221
  11. Pages 223-235
  12. Pages 251-260
  13. Pages 283-295
  14. Pages 313-329
  15. Pages 343-377
  16. Pages 379-382
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 383-395

About this book


 This book, which is based on Pólya's method of problem solving, aids students in their transition from calculus (or precalculus) to higher-level mathematics. The book begins by providing a great deal of guidance on how to approach definitions, examples, and theorems in mathematics. It ends by providing projects for independent study.

Students will follow Pólya's four step process: learn to understand the problem; devise a plan to solve the problem; carry out that plan; and look back and check what the results told them. Special emphasis is placed on reading carefully and writing well. The authors have included a wide variety of examples, exercises with solutions, problems, and over 40 illustrations, chosen to emphasize these goals. Historical connections are made throughout the text, and students are encouraged to use the rather extensive bibliography to begin making connections of their own. While standard texts in this area prepare students for future courses in algebra, this book also includes chapters on sequences, convergence, and metric spaces for those wanting to bridge the gap between the standard course in calculus and one in analysis.


Algebra Arithmetic Cantor Cauchy–Bunyakovsky–Schwarz inequality Countable set Finite Problem solving Problem-solving calculus function mathematical induction mathematics proof theorem

Authors and affiliations

  • Ulrich Daepp
    • 1
  • Pamela Gorkin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsBucknell UniversityLewisburgUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-00834-9
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-21560-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-6056
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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