Is Maths Real? : How Simple Questions Lead Us to Mathematics’ Deepest Truths by Eugenia Cheng

Is Maths Real? : How Simple Questions Lead Us to Mathematics’ Deepest Truths by Eugenia Cheng

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To many, maths feels like an unmapped wilderness. Between abstract concepts like imaginary numbers and infinity, it can sometimes feel like a lot of maths is just made up. Why, for example, is 1 not a prime? Why do two negatives cancel each other out? Where does trigonometry come from? Is maths even real?

Abstract mathematician Eugenia Cheng shows that curiosity is the best teacher. Is Maths Real? takes us on a scintillating tour of the simple questions that provoke mathematics' deepest insights.