RMS SERIES ON LITTLE MATHEMATICAL TREASURES (Published jointly by the Ramanujan Mathematical Society and the Universities Press) The proposed series is addressed to mathematically mature readers and to bright students in their last two years of school education. It is envisaged that the books will contain expository material not generally included in standard school or college texts. New developments in mathematics will be presented attractively using mathematical tools familiar at the high school and undergraduate levels. There will be problem sets scattered through the texts, which will serve to draw the reader into a closer hands-on study of the subject. Readers will be invited to grapple with the subject, and so experience the creative joy of discovery and contact with beauty. A thing of beauty is a joy forever....So it is with mathematics. The discoveries of Archimedes, Apollonius and Diophantus have been sources of joy from very ancient times. It is our hope that these books will serve our readers in a similar manner. Proposals for publication of a book in the series is invited either with a note for writing a book for the series or with a draft of the proposed book. Decision of the Editorial Board will be final. The RMS series on LMT is jointly published by RMS and Universities Press. The authors are paid a royalty of 10% of the net price of each book. The books are distributed in India and abroad by the Universities Press. Books Published in the Series: 1. A Gateway to Modern Mathematics: Adventures in Iteration-I by S.A. Shirali 2. A Gateway to Modern Mathematics: Adventures in Iteration- II by S. A. Shirali 3. Arithmetic and Algebra - Numbers and the beginnings of algebra by S. A. Shirali
To "reiterate" anything means to say something for a second time. In mathematics, "iteration" refers to any sequence of operations that is performed repeatedly; its essential aspect is that the "output" at each stage is used Reviewer's Comments: " "Arithmetic and Algebra" is the first in the set of three books, intended for students in the age group of 12 to 14 years (i.e., 7th – 9th standards) in schools, however it would be useful also to students in 11th and 12th standards and of course teachers. One of the reviewers writes “Shirali's book is a superb introduction to some substantial material for students of mathematics in classes 7, 8 and 9 in Indian schools. If this book had come twenty years ago, there would have been an entire generation of school students who would have "journeyed into a world of pattern, power and beauty", to quote the author. This book is far from being routine and needs dedication both from the teacher and the pupil. It is time that such a book is available at a reasonable price to our students. For those students who have missed reading such a book at an earlier level, it will serve as revision material even at the plus two level. I would like to add that these volumes will inspire students to seek a career in pure or applied mathematics. Any publisher who offers to publish this will be doing a great service to Indian Mathematics and will also find a large market from the enormous number of mathematically talented students in Indian schools.” - Alladi Sitaram |