By Michael Harris

What do natural mathematicians do, and why do they do it? taking a look past the normal answers--for the sake of fact, good looks, and useful applications--this publication bargains an eclectic landscape of the lives and values and hopes and fears of mathematicians within the twenty-first century, assembling fabric from a startlingly different collection of scholarly, journalistic, and dad tradition sources.

Drawing on his own studies and obsessions in addition to the options and critiques of mathematicians from Archimedes and Omar Khayyám to such modern giants as Alexander Grothendieck and Robert Langlands, Michael Harris finds the aura and romance of arithmetic in addition to its darker aspect. during this portrait of arithmetic as a neighborhood united round a collection of universal highbrow, moral, and existential demanding situations, he touches on a wide selection of questions, corresponding to: Are mathematicians accountable for the 2008 monetary concern? How do we speak about the information we have been born too quickly to appreciate? and the way for those who react when you are requested to provide an explanation for quantity conception at a dinner party?

Disarmingly candid, relentlessly clever, and richly unique, *Mathematics with out Apologies* takes readers on an unapologetic guided journey of the mathematical lifestyles, from the philosophy and sociology of arithmetic to its reflections in movie and well known tune, with detours throughout the mathematical and mystical traditions of Russia, India, medieval Islam, the Bronx, and beyond.