**Book Description:**

This annual 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 2012* 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 Robert
Lang explains mathematical aspects of origami foldings; Terence Tao
discusses the frequency and distribution of the prime numbers;
Timothy Gowers and Mario Livio ponder whether mathematics is
invented or discovered; Brian Hayes describes what is special about
a ball in five dimensions; Mark Colyvan glosses on the mathematics
of dating; 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 mathematician David Mumford and an introduction by the editor Mircea Pitici. This book belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in where math has taken us--and where it is headed.

**eISBN:**978-1-4008-4467-8

**Subjects:**Mathematics