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By De Witt L. Sumners

Geometry and topology are topics often thought of to be "pure" arithmetic. lately, in spite of the fact that, many of the equipment and ends up in those components have stumbled on new application in either wet-lab technological know-how (biology and chemistry) and theoretical physics. Conversely, technological know-how is influencing arithmetic, from posing questions that decision for the development of mathematical versions to exporting theoretical equipment of assault on long-standing difficulties of mathematical curiosity. according to an AMS brief direction held in January 1992, this e-book includes six introductory articles on those interesting new connections. There are articles via a chemist and a biologist approximately arithmetic, and 4 articles by way of mathematicians writing approximately technology. All are expository and require no particular wisdom of the technological know-how and arithmetic concerned. simply because this ebook communicates the pleasure and application of arithmetic learn at an straight forward point, it's a good textbook in a complicated undergraduate arithmetic path.

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