“Dialogues on mathematics” by Alfred Renyi

For various reasons I have recently been reading a bunch of books broadly addressing the theme “what is mathematics?”  (Linderholm was accidentally a lead-in, and clearly belongs in the category.)  This one is a short (under 100 pages) and snappy read, and should be accessible to just about anyone.  I read it in an hour or two and enjoyed pretty much all of it (although Galileo is a windbag and drags on a little bit).  Manages to touch at least briefly on all the really important things (e.g., mathematical beauty, the connection between research and teaching, mathematical Platonism, the broad applicability of mathematics).

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