An Equation for Every Occasion
Simple Formulas for Surviving the Unexpected
Framing his explanations in 17 scenarios, such as calculating how big a parachute you need to survive a plane crash, or the most efficient way to guard an art gallery, Chris Waring demonstrates the mathematical formulae underpinning the world. Also provided is a reminder about some basic principles, including BIDMAS, Pythagoras and solving equations.
In Bite-sized Chunks
For the many people with ‘mathematical anxiety’, Chris Waring offers assurance that anyone can learn maths if they want to, and presents an accessible, informal course that can be followed diligently or dipped into, as you wish. The book progresses from arithmetic to probability, in ‘easily digestible’ chapters, enlivened by anecdotes from the history of mathematics and never losing sight of maths’ practical applications in everyday life and in science.