An Invitation to Abstract Mathematics

  • Béla Bajnok

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. What’s Mathematics?

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  3. How to Solve It?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
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  4. Advanced Math for Beginners

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197

About this book


This undergraduate textbook is intended primarily for a transition course into higher mathematics, although it is written with a broader audience in mind.  The heart and soul of this book is problem solving, where each problem is carefully chosen to clarify a concept, demonstrate a technique, or to enthuse.  The exercises require relatively extensive arguments, creative approaches, or both, thus providing motivation for the reader.  With a unified approach to a diverse collection of topics, this text points out connections, similarities, and differences among subjects whenever possible.  This book shows students that mathematics is a vibrant and dynamic human enterprise by including historical perspectives and notes on the giants of mathematics, by mentioning current activity in the mathematical community, and by discussing many famous and less well-known questions that remain open for future mathematicians.

Ideally, this text should be used for a two semester course, where the first course has no prerequisites and the second is a more challenging course for math majors; yet, the flexible structure of the book allows it to be used in a variety of settings, including as a source of various independent-study and research projects.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Béla Bajnok
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  1. 1., Department of MathematicsGettysburg CollegeGettysburgUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Béla Bajnok 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Mathematics and Statistics
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-6635-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-6636-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-6056
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