100 Clever Ways to Help you Understand and Remember the Most Important Theories
The founder of the Fine Arts Maths Centre at Central St Martins in London, Rich Cochrane presents a visually interesting ‘tourist’s guide to mathematics’ with 100 entries on mathematical theories, from basic ‘tricks of the trade’ (including axioms, theorems, induction and logic) to challenging topics such as transcendental numbers and fractional dimensions. Each entry comprises an overview, more specific details, cross references and a ‘hack’ – an easy way to remember the topic.
Mathematics for the Million
How to Master the Magic of Numbers
Since it appeared in 1936, this comprehensive course has helped demystify mathematics and clarify the practical applications of everything from simple arithmetic to calculus. Taking an unusual approach to the subject, Hogben sets mathematics in the cultural context of its intended use, whether to meet the needs of ancient pyramid architects or provide the celestial geometry required to navigate by the stars.
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.
Amphibians and Reptiles
Although they are distinct animal classes, reptiles and amphibians are often considered together, not least in Britain because there are fewer species than in any other vertebrate group. This illustrated guide to the native and non-native species found in the British Isles introduces their biology and behaviour and suggests areas of study where further research is needed, explaining how carrying out such projects is readily accessible to the amateur naturalist. Foreword by Chris Packham.
In Search of Lost Frogs
The Campaign to Rediscover the World's Rarest Amphibians
In 2010, an international team of researchers, led by the author of this book, set about searching for rare species of frogs, toads and salamanders that had not been seen for decades. This illustrated record of their quest describes the expeditions to inhospitable environments in South and Central America, India and Africa and details their successes and failures in finding lost species, as well as their identification of new species, such as the so-called 'Monty Burns' toad discovered in Colombia.