Alex Through the Looking-Glass
How Numbers Reflect Life and Life Reflects Numbers
Alex Bellos, author of Snowflake Seashell Star, takes the reader on a tour of his favourite mathematical concepts to reveal the hidden numbers that underpin our everyday lives. In the course of his travels he explores the Ordnance Survey's obsession with trigonometry, explains why rollercoasters are a monument to Newton's innovations, ponders why we have superstitions about certain numbers, delves into the mysteries of hyperboloids and meets an anonymous member of a secret mathematical sect.
Number Treasury 3
Investigations, Facts and Conjectures About More than 100 Number Families
Written as a resource for both teachers and students, this enlarged third edition of Number Treasury is designed to guide readers through the steps that will help them to think critically, to provide explanations and to formulate conjectures about different families of positive integers. Its 137 exercises and 28 'investigations', at three levels of difficulty, cover such intriguing topics as magic squares, palindromic numbers and twin primes. Detailed solutions are provided at the back of the book.
How Smart Are You?
Test Your Math IQ
How to improve your number skills: these 50 ten-question quizzes have an IQ-style scoring system that enables you to compare your performance with the average mark. The tests cover decimals and fractions, interest and percentages, means and medians and pose a range of algebraic word problems, interspersed with brief biographies of great mathematicians from Pythagoras to Andrew Wiles, who solved Fermat’s Last Theorem in 1994. American spelling and elastic closure.
A Scientist Explains 100 Amazing Things About Sport
If Usain Bolt could just maximize his reaction time and take advantage of legal wind assistance, he could smash his own world record without running any faster. In this book Cambridge professor John Barrow provides 100 such insights into sport, applying mathematical and scientific analysis to such conundrums as how basketball players hang in the air and why the London Velodrome is designed to be warmer for cyclists than spectators.
The World in Numbers
'When I started collecting number-related trivia, I found that I just couldn't stop.' In this addictive compendium of numbers, Mitchell Symons shares some of his nuggets of information: the number of rivets in the Eiffel Tower (2,500,000), countries involved in the Second World War (57), the number of lenses in a dragonfly's eyes (30,000). The book is in 27 sections on subjects from Around the World (surface area 197,000,000 square miles) to Pure Trivia (number of museums devoted to strawberries: 1).
A Brief History of Mathematical Thought
In this concise and engaging book, Heaton traces the history of mathematical practice, focusing on conceptual innovations. From Stone Age rituals to algebra, calculus and the concept of computation, he aims to provide 'an informal and poetic guide to a range of mathematical thoughts'. He also looks at the role of mathematics in our attempts to comprehend the world around us, and at the profound influence of mathematical language.
Suitable both for students beginning their study of algebra and for those who want to remember what they once knew, the nine chapters of this book progress from basic principles of addition and subtraction to the solution of quadratic equations. But everything is presented as painlessly as possible, with step-by-step guides to solving each kind of problem, advice on common mistakes to avoid and illustrative drawings and diagrams.
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.
The Story of Mathematics
From Creating the Pyramids to Exploring Infinity
In this very accessible and well-illustrated book, Anne Rooney traces humankind's greatest mathematical achievements, starting with innumerate cave-dwellers, then profiling the great mathematicians from Euclid to Bertrand Russell and David Hilbert, and explaining key developments such as solid geometry, calculus and statistical mathematics, up to 'the death of numbers' with set theory and fuzzy logic.
Birth of a Theorem
A Mathematical Adventure
What is it like to be a 'rock-star mathematician' praised by Patti Smith? How does an inspired mathematical idea become a published article? Cedric Villani received a Fields Medal in 2010 for his work on Landau damping and the Boltzmann equation; here he looks back at the development of this research, presenting emails exchanged with his collaborator Clement Mouhot and setting his academic work in the context of his everyday life.
How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems... and Create More
Our world is increasingly ruled by algorithms, the complex sets of step-by-step instructions that enable computers to sort, filter and select information. But is this always a positive development, and how did we come to believe in the all-conquering power of numbers? Combining journalism and scholarship, Dormehl investigates the role of algorithms in our modern lives and shows how these formulas are shaping human relationships and creativity, notions of identity and even matters of law.
The Marvellous Maths Workbook
If you recognize the value of maths but have never quite got to grips with some of the detail, Go Figure could be your formula for success. This guide to mastering the basics includes simple explanations and 100 short quizzes covering the six main areas of maths: arithmetic, fractions and probability, statistics, algebra, geometry and problem solving. All the answers are provided at the back of the book.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Pre-Algebra
'Pre-algebra' covers the maths techniques that everyone should know to navigate successfully through everyday life. This introduction sets out to provoke your mathematical creativity and curiosity, providing hints, tips and cautions alongside sample problems that will help you both to revise your existing knowledge and to learn new skills for dealing with such topics as fractions and percentages, area and volume, and the analysis of statistical data. American spelling. Age 11+ NB: there are errors in some of the examples.
Ball of Confusion
Puzzles, Problems and Perplexing Posers
With a career spanning 45 years, writing iconic shows such as Think of a Number, Johnny Ball is TV's best-loved mathematician. Here he presents a mind-bending collection of cunning puzzles and teasers that will not only entertain but - without you even noticing it - improve your maths.
How to Guard an Art Gallery
And Other Discrete Mathematical Adventures
If you make four straight cuts through a circular pizza, what is the maximum number of slices you can produce? Each chapter of this book explores such everyday situations with the help of diagrams, elementary algebra and non-technical language. It thus forms an ideal introduction to solving problems in the field of discrete mathematics, illustrating how the same question can be approached 'from several points of view and in various degrees of generality'.
A Brief Guide to the Great Equations
The Hunt for Cosmic Beauty in Numbers
From 1+1=2 and Pythagoras' theorem to the work of Einstein and Heisenberg, Crease tells the stories and personal struggles behind the creation of the most fundamental, powerful and influential equations. He also considers what each equation reveals about the cultural and historical background that produced it and the effects, often unforeseen by their originators, which these pithy distillations of knowledge have had on later generations.
From 0 to Infinity in 26 Centuries
The Extraordinary Story of Maths
Chris Waring presents the history of mathematics not as a tedious procession of numbers, symbols and formulae, but as a tale of human endeavour, culture, hopes and dreams, which have helped to shape how we see the world today. In an accessible chronological survey he tracks down the mathematical stories behind each major advance, from ancient Mesopotamian maths homework and the Mayan calendar to the Large Hadron Collider and the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.