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.
Math in 100 Key Breakthroughs
How did we make the monumental leap in understanding from our first primitive tallies to, for instance, the theories behind quantum computing? In a vivid and very accessible way, this volume introduces the discipline of mathematics through 100 of its most important discoveries. Illustrated with photographs and diagrams, the chapters cover topics such as Pythagoras' theorem, the Fibonacci sequence and calculus, and show how mathematics has influenced fields as diverse as cartography, information theory and visual arts.
Demystifying mathematical processes and terminology, this primer uses humorous drawings and straightforward language to give an accessible introduction to such topics as algebra, percentages and ratios, exponents and roots, multi-step equations and graphs. Referring throughout to how maths can help solve practical problems in everyday life, the book also contains quizzes and exercises to test progress. References in the book to interactive elements may no longer be valid. American spelling. Age 11+
From zero to infinity, via 1, root 2, perfect numbers and googleplexes, Freiberger and Thomas, the editors of Plus magazine, are our guides on an entertaining, if occasionally challenging, journey through mathematics. Rather than a comprehensive plod, the authors' route is through the exciting bits and their favourite stories of 'the valiant heroes, the baffling mysteries and the brilliant conquests' of mathematics.
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.
A Brief History of Infinity
The Quest to Think the Unthinkable
From Archimedes' efforts to calculate how many grains of sand would fill the universe to modern research into the behaviour of quantum particles and fractals, infinity fascinates and infuriates the human mind. Explaining the contributions of figures such as St Augustine, Isaac Newton, George Berkeley and Georg Cantor, Clegg traces the history of the concept and demonstrates the importance of the infinitely large and infinitely small in many areas of mathematics, philosophy and science.
The Maths Handbook
Everyday Maths Made Simple
If you find division daunting, probability problematic or logarithms less than lovely, The Maths Handbook could be just what you need. Applying basic principles to such practical problems as dividing a restaurant bill and working out a computer screen's area, Richard Elwes explains the ideas and techniques that can help to make calculations easier. Each section ends with a quiz to check your progress.
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.