The Oxford User's Guide To Mathematics, SIAM Review

Borwein, Jonathan M. (2005) The Oxford User's Guide To Mathematics, SIAM Review. UNSPECIFIED.

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    For thousands of years, dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, manuals, outlines, primers, problem books, review journals, synopses, tables, and users guides, have played a central role in Mathematics– from the Rhind or Ahmes papyruses (see [3]) of the Egyptians (C 3400 bce), through Leonardo (Fibonacci) Pisano’s Liber Abaci (1202-1228) to the Jahrbuch and later Zentralblatt, Math Reviews/SciMathNet even Wikipedia and MathWorld. In his preface to Fibonacci, L. E. Sigler, the translator writes “ Liber Abaci is an encyclopedic work treating most of the known mathematics of the thirteenth century on arithmetic, algebra, and problem solving. ... Liber Abaci was good mathematics when it was written and it is good mathematics today.” What a model to emulate! Let me continue with a discursive discussion of reference material and of the issues any author of such has to deal with, before turning to the (Oxford) Guide 1 in question. Given my own twenty years as book editor, book author, and as an ‘accidental lexicographer’—as described below—I feel reasonably comfortable to do this. There is a community of compilers and collators and I write as one of this generally supportive fraternity.

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    Additional Information: Book Review
    Subjects: 00-xx General
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    Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2005
    Last Modified: 26 Feb 2015 16:00

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