**Book Description:**

This anthology brings together the year's finest mathematics
writing from around the world. Featuring promising new voices
alongside some of the foremost names in the field, *The Best
Writing on Mathematics 2011* makes available to a wide audience
many articles not easily found anywhere else--and you don't need to
be a mathematician to enjoy them. These writings offer surprising
insights into the nature, meaning, and practice of mathematics
today. They delve into the history, philosophy, teaching, and
everyday occurrences of math, and take readers behind the scenes of
today's hottest mathematical debates. Here Ian Hacking discusses
the salient features that distinguish mathematics from other
disciplines of the mind; Doris Schattschneider identifies some of
the mathematical inspirations of M. C. Escher's art; Jordan
Ellenberg describes compressed sensing, a mathematical field that
is reshaping the way people use large sets of data; Erica Klarreich
reports on the use of algorithms in the job market for doctors; and
much, much more.

In addition to presenting the year's most memorable writings on mathematics, this must-have anthology includes a foreword by esteemed physicist and mathematician Freeman Dyson. This book belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in where math has taken us--and where it is headed.

**eISBN:**978-1-4008-3954-4

**Subjects:**Mathematics