Körner on Lecturing

This is a second post on T.W. Körner. It started out being the first, as I was reading his home page and found some particularly good advice for students on "How to listen to a maths lecture". But then I wanted some sort of introduction to express why I so appreciate Körner as an author. Well, one idea followed another until the introduction so mushroomed in size my original theme seemed like an appendix. Thus, the introduction became a post all on its own, and here, finally, is my original…

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T. W. Körner and Story-telling in Mathematics

T. W. Körner at Cambridge University is perhaps my favourite author of mathematics, and his Fourier Analysis probably my favourite math book. I think what sets him apart is that he is equal parts mathematician and story-teller. By story-telling I mean something deeper than merely relating interesting anecdotes along the way, which he does very well, by the way. Rather, I mean he unfolds his mathematics as a story. The big theorems of mathematics all came as answers to important questions. There was a problem context in which they were discovered, and, in…

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