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Concepts of Modern Mathematics

Concepts of Modern Mathematics is a 1975 book by mathematician and science popularizer Ian Stewart about recent developments in mathematics.[1]

Concepts of Modern Mathematics
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Softcover edition
AuthorIan Stewart
CountryUnited Kingdom
PublisherDover publication
Publication date
Media typePrint
Pages352 pages
LC ClassQA93 .S73


The book arose out of an extramural class that Ian Stewart taught at the University of Warwick about "Modern mathematics".[1] In the 1995 Dover edition Stewart wrote that the aim of the class was:

to explain why the underlying abstract point of view had gained currency among research mathematicians, and to examine how it opened up entirely new realms of mathematical thought.

The book is aimed at non-mathematicians. However, there are frequent equations and diagrams and the level of presentation is more technical than some of Stewart's other popular books such as Flatterland. Topics covered include analytic geometry, set theory, abstract algebra, group theory, topology, and probability.


  1. ^ a b Review of the 1995 Dover reprint of the 1981 edition, by G. A. Heuer (1996), MR1319145.