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.
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.
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? Cédric 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.
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
The Birth of the Pill
How Four Pioneers Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution
In the winter of 1950, 71-year-old Margaret Sanger met the scientist Gregory Pincus in New York City. Their meeting would change the world. This gripping account tells how Pincus and Sanger, a lifelong campaigner for women’s right to control their fertility, developed the contraceptive pill, funded by the philanthropist Katharine McCormick and supported by a charismatic Catholic doctor, John Rock, who battled his own church to win public approval for the controversial new drug.
The Mice Who Sing For Sex
And Other Weird Tales From the World of Science
This humorous scientific miscellany is curated by the presenters of the podcast Geek Chic’s Weird Science and imparts the rationale behind all manner of inventions and phenomena, including solar-powered flight, self-lacing shoes, super-memory and addiction to healthy food (which can replace an addiction to fat and sugar). With frequent ‘chic fact’ boxes and cartoons, it also delves into outer space, wildlife and sex: are sound waves the new Viagra?
Dataclysm: Who We Are*
*When We Think No One's Looking
OkCupid founder Christian Rudder mines the big data of social media to reveal how age, beauty, gender, race and numerous other ‘tick-box’ signifiers influence our decision-making during the myriad of interactions that shape our lives online and beyond.