Full title  Letters to a Young Mathematician ^{[permalink]} 

Language  English 
Author  Ian Stewart (author) 
Publisher  Basic Books 
Categories  Mathematics and science 
Series  Art of Mentoring (11/14) 
Publication year  2007 
Original publication year  2006 
ISBN  9780465082322 ^{[Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]} 
Pages  203 
Synopsis  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. 
Review  I really liked the lighthearted way the book is written. Perhaps someone who is planning on embarking on a mathematical career would enjoy it even more. 
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