Academic journal article The Mathematics Enthusiast

Editorial

Academic journal article The Mathematics Enthusiast

Editorial

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This issue of The Mathematics Enthusiast has a perfect number of journal articles! The six articles range from topics in mathematics [Number theory, Complexity of Algorithms, Calculus] to topics in mathematics education [problem solving and aesthetics] and one on mathematics philosophy which examines the foundations of modern theorem proving.

The secret life of 1/n forges deep connections between number theory and algebra as well as analysis. It is the feature article of this issue for the simple reason that even a seemingly simple experimental observation in mathematics can be pursued to substantial depths- in this case decimal expansions connections to primitive roots and class numbers, something any mathematics enthusiast would appreciate. A reader that has encountered André Weil's slim volume "Number Theory for Beginners" might appreciate the contrast of Lyon's approach to that in the aforementioned book, where primitive roots are introduced using a strictly algebraic approach on p. …

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