|Full title||Letters to a Young Mathematician [permalink]|
|Author||Ian Stewart (author)|
|Categories||Mathematics and science|
|Series||Art of Mentoring (11/14)|
|Original publication year||2006|
|ISBN||978-0-465-08232-2 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]|
Letters to a Young Mathematician is written as an update on G. H. Hardy's classic A Mathematician's Apology, but the book is not an exercise in apologetics.
It follows an imaginary girl, Meg, from her school years through her ensuing career, and each chapter is a letter to her at crucial steps in her career. Some parts are musings on math (pure vs applied) while others are specific career tips (solitary work vs collaboration). The book is virtually devoid of any actual math, so I think it's safe for mathophobes. In fact, for this very reason, it might even help to partially cure the phobia of those unfortunately inflicted.
I really liked the light-hearted way the book is written. Perhaps someone who is planning on embarking on a mathematical career would enjoy it even more.