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Mathematics and the Unexpected
by Ivar Ekeland
University of Chicago Press, 1988
Cloth: 978-0-226-19989-4 | Paper: 978-0-226-19990-0
Library of Congress Classification QA614.58.E3413 1988
Dewey Decimal Classification 514.7

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"Not the least unexpected thing about Mathematics and the Unexpected is that a real mathematician should write not just a literate work, but a literary one."—Ian Stewart, New Scientist

"In this brief, elegant treatise, assessable to anyone who likes to think, Ivar Ekelund explains some philosophical implications of recent mathematics. He examines randomness, the geometry involved in making predictions, and why general trends are easy to project (it will snow in January) but particulars are practically impossible (it will snow from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the 21st)."—Village Voice

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