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Is Maths Real? review: Getting comfortable not knowing the answers


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Not understanding a mathematical problem is the first step to solving it

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Is Maths Real?
Eugenia Cheng (Profile Books)

SOME have likened the process of doing abstract mathematics to hacking your way out of some dense forest. Maryam Mirzakhani, the late mathematician and the first of only two women to win a Fields medal, once talked about feeling “lost in a jungle” and of gaining mathematical insights while trying out new tricks to extricate herself.

In mathematician Eugenia Cheng’s new book, Is Maths Real? How simple questions lead us to mathematics’ …

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