How to Prove It (3rd ed.)

A Structured Approach

by Daniel J. Velleman

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  • 9781108424189
  • 9781108337458
  • 9781108335881
Proofs play a central role in advanced mathematics and theoretical computer science, yet many students struggle the first time they take a course in which proofs play a significant role. This bestselling text's third edition helps students transition from solving problems to proving theorems by teaching them the techniques needed to read and write proofs. Featuring over 150 new exercises and a new chapter on number theory, this new edition introduces students to the world of advanced mathematics through the mastery of proofs. The book begins with the basic concepts of logic and set theory to familiarize students with the language of mathematics and how it is interpreted. These concepts are used as the basis for an analysis of techniques that can be used to build up complex proofs step by step, using detailed 'scratch work' sections to expose the machinery of proofs about numbers, sets, relations, and functions. Assuming no background beyond standard high school mathematics, this book will be useful to anyone interested in logic and proofs: computer scientists, philosophers, linguists, and, of course, mathematicians.

  • Cambridge University Press; July 2019
  • ISBN: 9781108337458
  • Edition: 3
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  • Title: How to Prove It
  • Author: Daniel J. Velleman
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781108424189
  • 9781108337458
  • 9781108335881

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'Not only does this book help students learn how to prove results, it highlights why we care so much. It starts in the introduction with some simple conjectures and gathering data, quickly disproving the first but amassing support for the second. Will that pattern persist? How can these observations lead us to a proof? The book is engagingly written, and covers - in clear and great detail - many proof techniques. There is a wealth of good exercises at various levels. I've taught problem solving before (at The Ohio State University and Williams College), and this book has been a great addition to the resources I recommend to my students.' Steven J. Miller, Williams College, Massachusetts

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781108424189
  • 9781108337458
  • 9781108335881