Professor Stewart's Casebook of Mathematical Mysteries
Ian Stewart introduces the adventures of a stalwart detective duo as they investigate a series of baffling mathematical conundrums. Soames and Watsup tackle mysteries including the above-average hansom cab drivers, the curious incident of the colliding dogs and a ‘pseudoku’ puzzle without any clues. Their cases are interspersed with shorter items introducing quirky curiosities, brainteasers and just a few maths jokes.
First Maths Glossary
Progressing from counting and numbers in the world around us to simple geometry and showing data in pictograms and bar charts, this clearly written (in large type) and very colourful book is designed to support curriculum teaching for Reception and Key Stage 1, and to provide a solid basis for learning mathematics. Age 4–7
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.
Rubik's Quest: Cube Countdown
The Rubik’s-cube core of the world’s most important computer has been stolen, and it is the reader’s mission to recover it. Rather than reading from front to back, young adventurers must use their knowledge of shape, geometry and patterns – as well as their common sense – to solve the puzzles and plot their own unique path through the story. Age 7+
Speedsolving the Cube
Easy-to-Follow, Step-by-Step Instructions for Many Popular 3-D Puzzles
With the world’s best reaching the solution in about 20 seconds, this guide aims to train Rubik's cube solvers to approach such times and also includes tips for solving the 4x4 and 5x5 versions of the puzzle.
Mathematics for the Curious
For readers who are free of exams and the stress of having to get it right, Peter Higgins offers a chance ‘to wonder at the mathematical scenery’. Exploring questions such as ‘How many matches are played in a tennis tournament?’ and ‘What are your chances of winning the lottery?’ he gives an entertaining account of what mathematics can do.
Peterson's Egghead's Guide to Geometry
The ‘egghead’ cartoon character sets about the problems of angles and shapes in this guide for school and college level students. The course includes a revision of foundational geometry and chapters covering triangles, polygons, circles, cubes and cylinders. Each section offers examples, exercises and study tips and concludes with a review of the topic that shows how the concepts can be applied in the real world.
Peterson's Egghead's Guide to Calculus
A component of any higher-level maths course, calculus is notoriously difficult to comprehend and this manual uses verbal, mathematical, graphical and illustrative explanations to help students grasp the fundamental concepts of the subject. The opening chapters review the algebra and trigonometry required for an understanding of calculus and the ‘egghead’ character then moves on to deal with limits, differentiation, integration and integrals.
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.
Any Number of Things You Didn't Know... and Some You Did
Money, music, movies, life on Earth and the human body, sport, science and space – everything, in fact, is governed by numbers. Arranged (numerically of course) in sections on subjects from the here and now of the modern world to infinity, Numeroids presents 1,300 pieces of numerical information. There is something for everyone, whether your interest is in the number of teeth a tortoise has (zero), or the size of the US defence budget (c.$689 billion).
Rogerson's Book of Numbers
The Culture of Numbers from 1,001 Nights to the Seven Wonders of the World
Barnaby Rogerson counts down from the many millions of angels who could dance on a pin to the ultimate zero of Nirvana. On the way he delves into the cultural significance of important integers, explaining why 13 is unlucky in the West but 14 is the number to avoid in China, how John Buchan decided to write about 39 steps and which six patrician families were Rome’s greatest.
Gunpowder and Geometry
Charles Hutton had started work as a pit boy in a coal mine in the 1740s but a school in Newcastle nurtured him, first as pupil and then as teacher, and by the time he was 40 he was a Fellow of the Royal Society. This biography follows his meteoric rise and describes his contributions to mathematics, including work on the force of gunpowder and calculating the mass of the Earth.
Ten Easy Ways to Avoid Being Misled by Numbers
Every day we are bombarded by numbers about politics, economics, health and the environment. This concise introduction by the BBC’s first head of statistics helps clarify the data and decide whether it presents a true picture. It explains the difference between a mean and a medium, correlation and causation, how to evaluate surveys and opinion polls, and the alarm-bell phrases to be wary of.
The 50 Most Elemental Concepts in Chemistry, Each Explained in Half a Minute
Matter is broken down into its fundamentals in these 50 articles on subjects relating to the nature of atoms and molecules, the structure and uses of natural and synthetic materials, and the properties and behaviour of solids, liquids and gases.
30-Second Forensic Science
The 50 Key Topics Revealing Criminal Investigation from Behind the Scenes, Each Explained in Half a Minute
How do forensic specialists identify and piece together clues to present a convincing case in court? This guide to scientific techniques explains the analysis of evidence ranging from drugs to digital devices, dental records to DNA. Foreword by Val McDermid.
Get Smart: Maths
The Big Ideas You Should Know
Aiming to fire her reader’s mathematical imagination, Julia Collins presents an introduction to 50 concepts in mathematics, from ‘fundamental’ topics such as number systems and game theory to the ‘mind-blowing’, including the Riemann hypothesis and other Millennium Prize Problems. Each chapter has five questions to assess your understanding of a concept, ‘Ten Things a Genius Knows’ explaining it, and a bluffer’s guide to make you sound as if you know what you’re talking about.
Breakfast with Einstein
The Exotic Physics of Everyday Objects
Making complex theories intelligible for the general reader, this guide to quantum mechanics and the history of modern physics uses the everyday experiences of getting up, making breakfast and checking email to demonstrate how quantum effects govern the world around us.
And Other Bizarre Experiments
In this sequel to Elephants on Acid Alex Boese delves once more into the world of mad scientists and weird experimentation, whether a 1950s project to nuke the moon or self-experimenters getting stung by 78 species of Hymenoptera for the sake of science.
The Curious Science of Our Bodies
Can the power of thought outwit ageing? What’s it like to be struck by lightning? Could 3D printers make body parts? These are among the intriguing questions discussed in stories that explore the stranger aspects of the human body. These 17 articles were originally published on mosaicscience.com, an online magazine created by Wellcome.
The Universe in Bite-Sized Chunks
Colin Stuart rejects mathematical jargon in favour of concise explanations of the cosmos’s most fascinating astronomical features. Beginning with early astronomers, including Ptolemy and Newton, this accessible guide moves from the Earth, Sun and Moon ever further from home, covering the Solar System, stars and galaxies, eventually reaching the mysteries at the edge of the universe – the Big Bang, inflation and dark energy.