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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics

By: Christopher Clapham(Author), James Nicholson(Author)
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics
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Authoritative and reliable, this A-Z provides jargon-free definitions for even the most technical mathematical terms. With over 3000 entries ranging from Achilles paradox to zero matrix, it covers all commonly encountered terms and concepts from pure and applied mathematics and statistics, for example, linear algebra, optimisation, nonlinear equations, and differential equations. In addition, there are entries on major mathematicians and on topics of more general interest, such as fractals, game theory, and chaos.

Using graphs, diagrams, and charts to render definitions as comprehensible as possible, entries are clear and accessible. Almost 200 new entries have been added to this edition, including terms such as arrow paradox, nested set, and symbolic logic. Useful appendices follow the A-Z dictionary and include lists of Nobel Prize winners and Fields' medallists, Greek letters, formulae, and tables of inequalities, moments of inertia, Roman numerals, a geometry summary, additional trigonometric values of special angles, and many more. This edition contains recommended web links, which are accessible and kept up to date via the Dictionary of Mathematics companion website.

Fully revised and updated in line with curriculum and degree requirements, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics is indispensable for students and teachers of mathematics, and for anyone encountering mathematics in the workplace.

New to this edition:
- Almost 200 new entries on terms such as Abel's limit theorem, arrow paradox, dichotomy, and symbolic logic
- New appendices on Millennium Prize problems, additional trigonometric values of special angels, as well as summaries of geometry, probability distribution, and algebra



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James Nicholson has a mathematics degree from Cambridge, and taught at Harrow School for twelve years before becoming Head of Mathematics at Belfast Royal Academy in 1990. He lives in Belfast, but now works mostly with the School of Education at Durham University. He is the author of two A level Statistics texts, two GCSE Mathematics revision guides and a contributing author for a number of other mathematics textbooks.

Christopher Clapham wrote the first and second editions of this dictionary. Until 1993 he was Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Aberdeen. His publications include Introduction to Abstract Algebra and Introduction to Mathematical Analysis.