Critical review of the book: The French Mathematician, by TOM PETSINIS, 1997

General guidelines
Review (or critique) of a book is not primarily a summary. Rather, it analyses, comments on and evaluation the work. As a course assignment, it situates the work in the light of specific issues and theoretical concerns being discussed in the course. Your review should show that you can recognize arguments and engage in critical thinking about the course content . keep questions like this in mind as you read, make notes, and then write the review or critique.
1what is the specific topic of the book ? what over all purpose does it seem to
A have? For what readership is it written ?(look in the preface, acknowledgements, reference list and authors background and position.)
2does the author state an explicit thesis ? does he or she noticeably have an axe to grind ? what are the theoretical assumption ? are they discussed explicitly? (again look for statements in the preface ,etc. and follow them up in the rest of the work.)
3what exactly does the work contribute to the overall topic of your course ? what general problems and concepts in your discipline and course does it engage with?
4what kinds of material does the work present(e.g. primary documents or secondary material, personal observations , literary analysis, quantitative data, biographical or historical accounts)?
5how is this material used to demonstrate and argue the thesis ? (as well as indicating the overall argumentative structure of the work , your review could quote or summarize specific passages to describe the authors presentation, including writing style and tone.)
6are there alternative ways of arguing from the same material? Does the author show awareness of them ? in what respect does the author agree or disagree with them?
7what theoretical issues and topics for further discussion does the work rise ?
8what are your own reactions and considered opinions reading the work?

– browse in published scholarly book reviews to get a sense of the ways reviews function in intellectual discourse . look at journals in your discipline or general publications such as university of Toronto quarterly , London Review of books, or New York Review of Books(online at{html}
– Some book reviews summarize the books content briefly and then evaluate it: others integrate these functions, commenting on the book and using summary only to give examples. Choose the method that seems most suitable according to your professors directions.
– To keep your focus, remind yourself that your assignment is primarily to discuss the books treatment of its topic, not the topic it self. Your key sentences should therefore say This book shows the author arguesrather than this happened….this is the case.”

Please write a 1500 word critical review of the book. The review need to critically examine the issues and the ways the author presents his/her ideas. The review needs to be more then a summary of the book. An important part of the review is your account of how or where you might use some or all of the books information and ideas in your teaching (as a teacher of mathematics). For instance, you may believe that the book is suitable reading for some of your students: if so, argue how and where you would use the book with your classes or individuals.

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