Julie Rowlett is an American mathematician currently working as an associate professor at the joint mathematics department of Chalmers University and the University of Gothenburg in Gothenburg, Sweden. Julie earned her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Washing
Blast into Math! A fun rigorous introduction to pure mathematics which is suitable for both students and a general audience interested in learning what pure mathematics is all about. Pure mathematics is presented in a friendly, accessible, and nonetheless rigorous style. Definitions, theorems, and proofs are accompanied by creative analogies and illustrations to convey the meaning and intuition behind the abstract math. The key to reading and understanding this book is doing the exercises. You don't need much background for the first few chapters, but the material builds upon itself, and if you don't do the exercises, eventually you'll have trouble understanding. The book begins by introducing fundamental concepts in logic and continues on to set theory and basic topics in number theory. The sixth chapter shows how we can change our mathematical perspective by writing numbers in bases other than the usual base 10. The last chapter introduces analysis. Readers will be both challenged and encouraged. A parallel is drawn between the process of working through the book and the process of mathematics research. If you read this book and do all the exercises, you will not only learn how to prove theorems, you'll also experience what mathematics research is like: exciting, challenging, and fun!
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