Professor Stewart's Casebook of Mathematical Mysteries
Ian Stewart introduces the adventures of a stalwart detective duo as they investigate a series of baffling mathematical conundrums. Soames and Watsup tackle mysteries including the above-average hansom cab drivers, the curious incident of the colliding dogs and a ‘pseudoku’ puzzle without any clues. Their cases are interspersed with shorter items introducing quirky curiosities, brainteasers and just a few maths jokes.
Are Numbers Real?
The Uncanny Relationships Between Maths and the Physical World
Brian Clegg explores a question fundamental to science: would numbers still exist without people to think about them, or is mathematics just a tool to help us understand the universe? Beginning with the devising of a new system to count goats, he traces the history of numbers, explaining their application to our everyday lives and asking whether the direction of contemporary physics has become too influenced by mathematics.
It All Adds Up
The Story of People and Mathematics
Just as non-musicians can love music, believes Launay, anyone can understand and marvel at the numbers and geometry that surround us every day. In this book he guides the reader on a journey through the history of mathematics, revealing how curiosity and serendipity have led to new discoveries, from ancient Mesopotamian frieze designs and the earliest written number symbols to the Mandelbrot set, which can be drawn only with the aid of computers.
An Expedition to the Outer Limits of Mathematics
Beginning by attempting to explain what infinity is, and why it is ‘easy to think about but hard to pin down’, this approachable guide uses carefully chosen analogies and classic thought experiments such as Hilbert's Hotel to help illuminate complex ideas. Eugenia Cheng presents mathematics as an exciting journey of discovery, and uses practical examples to help us understand the abstract concept of infinity in the context of our daily lives.
A Curious History
Euclid, Fibonacci, Fermat and Gauss are some of the distinguished mathematicians featured in this illustrated introduction to the history of mathematics, which ranges from prehistoric arithmetic through Renaissance accountancy to modern-day chaos theory. Key concepts, including geometry, algebra, trigonometry and calculus are discussed in non-technical, accessible language, with minimal use of symbols, jargon or complex techniques.
Early Carpets and Tapestries on the Eastern Silk Road
A mysterious group of textiles, preserved for centuries in Kyoto, is brought out only for an annual Shinto-Buddhist festival. This richly illustrated guide explains the tapestries’ meaning, their Chinese origins and the reasons why they are shrouded in such secrecy.
How it Shaped Our World
In this companion guide to the Science Museum’s Winton Gallery, curator David Rooney considers the everyday practical applications of mathematics, both past and present, including mathematics in design, economics, geography, medicine, travel and war. This generously illustrated volume features many of the objects and diagrams from the gallery’s collection, among them Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine and Le Corbusier’s Le Modulor infographic, while four essays by prominent academics include two on women’s place in the history of mathematics.
A Beautiful Question
Finding Nature's Deep Design
In this 'long meditation on a single question', Nobel Prize-winning physicist Wilczek considers how ideas about beauty and art have always been intertwined with our scientific understanding of the cosmos. Taking as his starting-point Pythagoras' credo that 'all things are number', he follows the quest of figures such as Newton and Einstein who contributed to our present-day understanding of the equations and symmetries that reveal the fundamental purity, order and harmony of the entire universe.
The Correspondence of John Wallis
Volume II: 1660-September 1668
The second volume of Wallis's correspondence covers a period which saw Charles II's accession to the throne and the emergence of the Royal Society, of which Wallis was an original – and very active – member. He writes regularly to the Society's secretary, Henry Oldenburg, on various scientific matters, and to Robert Boyle, with whom he discusses his attempts to teach a deaf-mute young man to speak distinctly. He also spends much of this period dealing with legal business for the University.
Abbo of Fleury and Ramsey
Commentary on the Calculus of Victorius of Aquitaine
This didactic work by Abbo of Fleury (c.945–1004) is a philosophical Commentary on the mathematical tables produced by Victorius of Aquitaine (fl.457) to facilitate calculations using Roman numerals and fractions. Latin texts of both Victorius and Abbo. No jacket.