Alex's Adventures in Numberland Book

If you think that Maths is just for the brain boxes, think again. Maths is everywhere and in everything you do and need not be as complicated as the text books imply. From Algebra to Geometry, Alex explains how mathematics underpins every dimension of our lives in astonishing ways. Sounds dry? Not at all! This book is fascinating, easily understood and more exciting than can be conjured up from memories of school maths lessons. Mathematical concepts from primary to graduate level are traced with Alex illuminating how patterns in nature and apparent randomness are actually predictable. The mathematical origins are traced from ancient history to modern applications, connecting this fascinating subject to philosophy and religion. Read More

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    Numbers are everywhere - yet while many of us embrace them, others would rather they didn't exist. This title explodes the myth that mathematics is bone-dry and best left to geeks. It reveals the real world of numbers - in Germany witnessing the world's fastest mental multiplication, and in Nevada fixing the odds of slot machines.

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    In this richly entertaining and accessible book Alex Bellos explodes the myth that maths is best left to the geeks. Covering subjects from adding to algebra from set theory to statistics and from logarithms to logical paradoxes he explains how mathematical ideas underpin just about everything in our lives. Alex explains the surprising geometry of the 50p piece and the strategy of how best to gamble it in a casino. He shines a light on the mathematical patterns in nature and on the peculiar predictability of random behavior. He eats a potato crisp whose revolutionary shape was unpalatable to the ancient Greeks and he shows the deep connections between maths religion and philosophy. Alex weaves a journey from primary school to university level maths from ancient history to the computing frontline and from St Louis Missouri to Braintree Essex. He meets the world's fastest mental calculators in Germany consults a numerologist in the US desert meets a startlingly numerate chimpanzee in Japan and seeks advice from a venerable Hindu sage in India.An unlikely but exhilarating cocktail of history reportage and mathematical proofs Alex's dispatches from 'Numberland' show the world of maths to be a much friendlier and more colourful place than you might have imagined.

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    Explodes the myth that maths is best left to the geeks. Covering subjects from adding to algebra, from set theory to statistics, and from logarithms to logical paradoxes, this title explains how mathematical ideas underpin just about everything in our lives. It also explains the strategy of how best to gamble in a casino.

  • 0747597162
  • 9780747597162
  • Alex Bellos
  • 5 April 2010
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Hardcover (Book)
  • 448

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