## About this book

### Introduction

Focusing Your Attention The purpose of this book is Cat least) twofold. First, we want to show you what mathematics is, what it is about, and how it is done-by those who do it successfully. We are, in fact, trying to give effect to what we call, in Section 9.3, our basic principle of mathematical instruction, asserting that "mathematics must be taught so that students comprehend how and why mathematics is qone by those who do it successfully./I However, our second purpose is quite as important. We want to attract you-and, through you, future readers-to mathematics. There is general agreement in the (so-called) civilized world that mathematics is important, but only a very small minority of those who make contact with mathematics in their early education would describe it as delightful. We want to correct the false impression of mathematics as a combination of skill and drudgery, and to re inforce for our readers a picture of mathematics as an exciting, stimulating and engrossing activity; as a world of accessible ideas rather than a world of incomprehensible techniques; as an area of continued interest and investigation and not a set of procedures set in stone.

### Keywords

Algebra Arithmetic Finite geometry mathematics theorem

#### Authors and affiliations

- Peter Hilton
- Derek Holton
- Jean Pedersen

- 1.Mathematical Sciences DepartmentSUNY at BinghamtonBinghamtonUSA
- 2.Department of Mathematics and StatisticsUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand
- 3.Department of MathematicsSanta Clara UniversitySanta ClaraUSA

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