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The Best Writing on Mathematics 2016
Edited by Mircea Pitici

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Introduction Mircea Pitici xi
Mathematics and Teaching, Hyman Bass 1
In Defense of Pure Mathematics, Daniel S. Silver 17
G. H. Hardy: Mathematical Biologist, Hannah Elizabeth Christenson and Stephan Ramon Garcia 27
The Reasonable Ineffectiveness of Mathematics, Derek Abbott 32
Stacking Wine Bottles Revisited, Burkard Polster 48
The Way the Billiard Ball Bounces, Joshua Bowman 66
The Intersection Game, Burkard Polster 77
Tonight! Epic Math Battles: Counting vs. Matching, Jennifer J. Quinn 86
Mathematicians Chase Moonshine's Shadow, Erica Klarreich 96
The Impenetrable Proof, Davide Castelvecchi 105
A Proof That Some Spaces Can't Be Cut, Kevin Hartnett 114
Einstein's First Proof, Steven Strogatz 122
Why String Theory Still Offers Hope We Can Unify Physics, Brian Greene 132
The Pioneering Role of the Sierpinski Gasket, Tanya Khovanova, Eric Nie, and Alok Puranik 140
Fractals as Photographs Marc Frantz 149
Math at the Met, Joseph Dauben and Marjorie Senechal 155
Common Sense about the Common Core, Alan H. Schoenfeld 187
Explaining Your Math: Unnecessary at Best, Encumbering at Worst, Katharine Beals and Barry Garelick 196
Teaching Applied Mathematics, David Acheson, Peter R. Turner, Gilbert Strang, and Rachel Levy 203
Circular Reasoning: Who First Proved that C Divided by d Is a Constant? David Richeson 224
A Medieval Mystery: Nicole Oresme's Concept of Curvitas, Isabel M. Serrano and Bogdan D. Suceava 238
The Myth of Leibniz's Proof of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, Viktor Blåsjö 249
The Spirograph and Mathematical Models from Nineteenth-Century Germany, Amy Shell-Gellasch 261
What Does "Depth" Mean in Mathematics? John Stillwell 268
Finding Errors in Big Data, Marco Puts, Piet Daas, and Ton de Waal 291
Programs and Probability, Brian Hayes 300
Lottery Perception, Jorge Almeida 311
Why Acknowledging Uncertainty Can Make You a Better Scientist, Andrew Gelman 316
For Want of a Nail: Why Unnecessarily Long Tests May Be Impeding the Progress of Western Civilization, Howard Wainer and Richard Feinberg 321
How to Write a General Interest Mathematics Book, Ian Stewart 331
Contributors 345
Notable Writings 355
Acknowledgments 373
Credits 375

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