The global mathematician Minhyong Kim, professor of mathematics at Oxford University, explores human cognition and the universe through seven lectures on modern mathematics.
- Book Intro
Probability theory, invented in the 17th century, was once a complex mathematical theory that even experts could not understand. However, now anyone can read and understand probability, such as a "37% chance of rain." The intuition that emerged from observing the world is elaborately refined into a theory that is gradually and widely accepted by more people. The global mathematician Minhyong Kim, Professor of mathematics at Oxford University, says that as this process is repeated and accumulated over centuries, human thinking constantly expands, and this trend will accelerate. This means that, for us now, even the most complex modern mathematics theory will soon become a common sense for everyone.
Professor Minhyong Kim's new book, Facing the Mirror of Mathematics, contains seven lectures on the world of mathematics that have expanded human thinking. Through this book, you will encounter the essence of mathematical thinking, which is the basis for understanding every part of the world, from basic mathematical principles to information, the universe, and socio-cultural topics such as ethical judgments and meeting with the opposite sex. Based on over a year of lectures, including his various public lectures, this book contains a deep exploration and message about the mathematical thinking needed for our time. As you gradually warm up your brain by following the questions and answers in this book, as though sitting in a classroom, you will find yourself immersed in the fascinating world of mathematics. This book covers concepts that cross the boundary between physics and mathematics, such as the algorithm of Gale-Shapley, the Nobel Prize winners for Economics, Arrow's impossibility theorem, and Euler's formula. Yet it is written in the language of common sense so that anyone can easily read it to the end.
- About the Author
Minhyong Kim (M) is Professor at Merton College, the University of Oxford, and Professor at Seoul National University of Science. He graduated from Seoul National University and got his Ph.D. from Yale University. He used to be research fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor at Purdue University and University College London, chair-professor at POSTECH, and visiting professor at Seoul National University and Ewha Womans University. He became one of the world's top mathematicians by solving the classical challenge of algebraic geometry derived from Fermat's Last Theorem in a revolutionary way of topology. Books written by Kim include Mathematics of Mathematics, Decimal Fantasy, Dad's Math Trip and Mathematicians (co-author).