Yearning for the Impossible: The Surprising Truths of Mathematics, Second Edition

John Stillwell

CRC Press
Published May 16, 2018
Reference - 312 Pages - 164 Color Illustrations
ISBN 9781138586109 - CAT# K377159

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  • Clearly written and discusses a wide range of challenging subjects in a manner that a general audience should find not only understandable but inviting
  • A balanced overview of mathematical sciences that hits a perfect balance of depth and breadth
  • Includes many new and enticing problems, with commentary


Yearning for the Impossible: The Surprising Truth of Mathematics, Second Edition explores the history of mathematics from the perspective of the creative tension between common sense and the "impossible" as the author follows the discovery or invention of new concepts that have marked mathematical progress. The author puts these creations into a broader context involving related "impossibilities" from art, literature, philosophy, and physics. This new edition contains many new exercises and commentaries, clearly discussing a wide range of challenging subjects.


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