Help Your Kids with Maths
A Unique Step-by-Step Visual Guide
From basic arithmetic to geometry, algebra and statistics, this volume presents maths in an easily accessible way. For multiplication, for example, numbers in a calculation are expressed visually, and a chart shows patterns of multiplication, making tables easier to understand and remember.
The I Used to Know That Maths Activity Book
Stuff You Forgot From School
This elementary refresher course, aimed at adults wishing to revive their maths skills, explains the key concepts of arithmetic, fractions, probability, statistics, algebra, geometry and trigonometry. Simple step-by-step quizzes on each subject (100 in total) include straightforward calculations, equation solving and multiple-choice questions. There are also a few shapes to draw. Answers are provided at the back.
Out of the Shadow of a Giant
How Newton Stood on the Shoulders of Hooke and Halley
Arguing that British science would not have developed very differently without Newton, the authors demonstrate his indebtedness to the achievements of his contemporaries, in particular Hooke, from whom he ‘borrowed’ many ideas, and Halley, who encouraged and paid for the publication of the Principia.
The Tangled Tree
A Radical New History of Life
Recent research has fundamentally challenged the view that genes are passed down vertically, from generation to generation, evolving slowly over time. This account describes the lives and discoveries of scientists including Carl Woese, Lynn Margulis and Tsutomu Watanabe, who have demonstrated that genes can move horizontally across species by viral infection, with significant implications for genetics, public health and our understanding of how the human race has evolved.
Maths on the Go!
101 Fun Ways to Play with Maths
Dividing five biscuits between three of you, counting the wheels on lorries, multiplying on your fingers... Written for parents, this collection of simple games and activities introduces mathematical topics such as subtraction, fractions and multiplication – without mentioning the M word. Age 9+
Swinging and Twisting
A geometric dissection is a cutting of a geometric figure into pieces that can be arranged to form another figure. They are employed in visual demonstrations of relationships such as Pythagoras’ theorem, and as mathematical puzzles such as Loyd and Dudeney’s hinged dissection of a quadrilateral triangle to a square. For those fascinated by beautiful geometric objects, Frederickson presents his second collection of dissections, hinged rather than simply cut, and including swings and twists for 3D puzzles. Off-mint with a felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
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.
The Physics of Everyday Things
The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day
The physics professor James Kakalios reveals the complex science behind the basic things that keep our everyday lives running – from how refrigerators keep things cool to how aeroplanes stay in the air. Each explanation is coupled with a story that demonstrates the interplay of the invisible forces that surround us, demonstrating that while sophisticated scientific concepts may seem abstract, they are also eminently practical. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Beginning and the End of Everything
From the Big Bang to the End of the Universe
In this overview of our current knowledge about the universe a theoretical cosmologist discusses questions that have puzzled thinkers throughout history and the ways in which modern scientists have tried to answer them. He explains how astronomical observations and remarkable deductions have allowed us not only to look back 13.8 billion years to the origins of the universe but also to develop competing theories about its ultimate fate, either in a calamitous ‘Big Crunch’ or a gentler ‘Heat Death’.
Plato's Alarm Clock
And Other Amazing Ancient Inventions
From underwater breathing equipment (as described by Aristotle) to star charts (drawn on the walls of the Lescaux caves, 33,000–10,000 years ago), James Russell describes the inventions of ancient times. There are chapters on everyday life, with items as diverse as alarm clocks, make-up, games and chewing gum; mechanical and industrial technology, including the spoked wheel and movable type; military inventions; medical breakthroughs; scientific advances; and mysterious lost inventions such as Greek fire, Maya blue and the Baghdad battery.