How Math Explains the World Book
Score: 4
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How Math Explains the World


  • Author : James D. Stein, Jr.
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-03-17
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061828683
  • Total Read : 80
  • File Size : 19,5 Mb

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How Math Explains the World Summary:

In How Math Explains the World, mathematician Stein reveals how seemingly arcane mathematical investigations and discoveries have led to bigger, more world-shaking insights into the nature of our world. In the four main sections of the book, Stein tells the stories of the mathematical thinkers who discerned some of the most fundamental aspects of our universe. From their successes and failures, delusions, and even duels, the trajectories of their innovations—and their impact on society—are traced in this fascinating narrative. Quantum mechanics, space-time, chaos theory and the workings of complex systems, and the impossibility of a "perfect" democracy are all here. Stein's book is both mind-bending and practical, as he explains the best way for a salesman to plan a trip, examines why any thought you could have is imbedded in the number p , and—perhaps most importantly—answers one of the modern world's toughest questions: why the garage can never get your car repaired on time. Friendly, entertaining, and fun, How Math Explains the World is the first book by one of California's most popular math teachers, a veteran of both "math for poets" and Princeton's Institute for Advanced Studies. And it's perfect for any reader wanting to know how math makes both science and the world tick.

How Math Explains the World Book
Score: 3.5
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How Math Explains the World


  • Author : James D. Stein
  • Publisher : Smithsonian
  • Release Date : 2008-04-22
  • Genre: Mathematics
  • Pages : 298
  • ISBN 10 : UCSC:32106019539391
  • Total Read : 83
  • File Size : 18,8 Mb

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How Math Explains the World Summary:

Stein offers this beginner's guide to the power of numbers. He explains how math weaves the world together and the unexpected ways that discovery can lead to even more innovation.

Mathematics and the Physical World Book

Mathematics and the Physical World


  • Author : Morris Kline
  • Publisher : Courier Corporation
  • Release Date : 2012-03-15
  • Genre: Mathematics
  • Pages : 512
  • ISBN 10 : 9780486136318
  • Total Read : 98
  • File Size : 8,5 Mb

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Mathematics and the Physical World Summary:

Stimulating account of development of mathematics from arithmetic, algebra, geometry and trigonometry, to calculus, differential equations, and non-Euclidean geometries. Also describes how math is used in optics, astronomy, and other phenomena.

100 Essential Things You Didn t Know You Didn t Know Book
Score: 3
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100 Essential Things You Didn t Know You Didn t Know


  • Author : John D. Barrow
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2010-01-26
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781407020051
  • Total Read : 79
  • File Size : 5,5 Mb

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100 Essential Things You Didn t Know You Didn t Know Summary:

'If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is.' John von Neumann Mathematics can tell you things about the world that can't be learned in any other way. This hugely informative and wonderfully entertaining Brain Shot answers a few essential questions about existence. It unravels the knotty, clarifies the conundrums and sheds light into dark corners. From winning the lottery, financial investment with Time Travelers and the weirdest football match ever to Sherlock Holmes, Elections, game theory, drunks, packing for your holiday and the madness of crowds; from chaos to infinity and everything in between, Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know has all the answers! BRAIN SHOTS: The byte-sized guide to all the things you didn't know you didn't know...

Love and Math Book
Score: 3.5
From 4 Ratings

Love and Math


  • Author : Edward Frenkel
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release Date : 2013-10-01
  • Genre: Mathematics
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780465069958
  • Total Read : 74
  • File Size : 8,9 Mb

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Love and Math Summary:

An awesome, globe-spanning, and New York Times best-selling journey through the beauty and power of mathematics What if you had to take an art class in which you were only taught how to paint a fence? What if you were never shown the paintings of van Gogh and Picasso, weren't even told they existed? Alas, this is how math is taught, and so for most of us it becomes the intellectual equivalent of watching paint dry. In Love and Math, renowned mathematician Edward Frenkel reveals a side of math we've never seen, suffused with all the beauty and elegance of a work of art. In this heartfelt and passionate book, Frenkel shows that mathematics, far from occupying a specialist niche, goes to the heart of all matter, uniting us across cultures, time, and space. Love and Math tells two intertwined stories: of the wonders of mathematics and of one young man's journey learning and living it. Having braved a discriminatory educational system to become one of the twenty-first century's leading mathematicians, Frenkel now works on one of the biggest ideas to come out of math in the last 50 years: the Langlands Program. Considered by many to be a Grand Unified Theory of mathematics, the Langlands Program enables researchers to translate findings from one field to another so that they can solve problems, such as Fermat's last theorem, that had seemed intractable before. At its core, Love and Math is a story about accessing a new way of thinking, which can enrich our lives and empower us to better understand the world and our place in it. It is an invitation to discover the magic hidden universe of mathematics.

Five Equations That Changed the World Book
Score: 4.5
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Five Equations That Changed the World


  • Author : Michael Guillen
  • Publisher : Hachette Books
  • Release Date : 2012-06-05
  • Genre: Mathematics
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781401304911
  • Total Read : 76
  • File Size : 5,7 Mb

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Five Equations That Changed the World Summary:

A Publishers Weekly best book of 1995! Dr. Michael Guillen, known to millions as the science editor of ABC's Good Morning America, tells the fascinating stories behind five mathematical equations. As a regular contributor to daytime's most popular morning news show and an instructor at Harvard University, Dr. Michael Guillen has earned the respect of millions as a clear and entertaining guide to the exhilarating world of science and mathematics. Now Dr. Guillen unravels the equations that have led to the inventions and events that characterize the modern world, one of which -- Albert Einstein's famous energy equation, E=mc2 -- enabled the creation of the nuclear bomb. Also revealed are the mathematical foundations for the moon landing, airplane travel, the electric generator -- and even life itself. Praised by Publishers Weekly as "a wholly accessible, beautifully written exploration of the potent mathematical imagination," and named a Best Nonfiction Book of 1995, the stories behind The Five Equations That Changed the World, as told by Dr. Guillen, are not only chronicles of science, but also gripping dramas of jealousy, fame, war, and discovery.

Nature s Numbers Book
Score: 3
From 5 Ratings

Nature s Numbers


  • Author : Ian Stewart
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release Date : 2008-08-04
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9780786723928
  • Total Read : 86
  • File Size : 17,8 Mb

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Nature s Numbers Summary:

"It appears to us that the universe is structured in a deeply mathematical way. Falling bodies fall with predictable accelerations. Eclipses can be accurately forecast centuries in advance. Nuclear power plants generate electricity according to well-known formulas. But those examples are the tip of the iceberg. In Nature's Numbers, Ian Stewart presents many more, each charming in its own way.. Stewart admirably captures compelling and accessible mathematical ideas along with the pleasure of thinking of them. He writes with clarity and precision. Those who enjoy this sort of thing will love this book."—Los Angeles Times

Is God a Mathematician  Book
Score: 4
From 6 Ratings

Is God a Mathematician


  • Author : Mario Livio
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2011-02-22
  • Genre: Mathematics
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781416594437
  • Total Read : 61
  • File Size : 9,9 Mb

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Is God a Mathematician Summary:

Bestselling author and astrophysicist Mario Livio examines the lives and theories of history’s greatest mathematicians to ask how—if mathematics is an abstract construction of the human mind—it can so perfectly explain the physical world. Nobel Laureate Eugene Wigner once wondered about “the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics” in the formulation of the laws of nature. Is God a Mathematician? investigates why mathematics is as powerful as it is. From ancient times to the present, scientists and philosophers have marveled at how such a seemingly abstract discipline could so perfectly explain the natural world. More than that—mathematics has often made predictions, for example, about subatomic particles or cosmic phenomena that were unknown at the time, but later were proven to be true. Is mathematics ultimately invented or discovered? If, as Einstein insisted, mathematics is “a product of human thought that is independent of experience,” how can it so accurately describe and even predict the world around us? Physicist and author Mario Livio brilliantly explores mathematical ideas from Pythagoras to the present day as he shows us how intriguing questions and ingenious answers have led to ever deeper insights into our world. This fascinating book will interest anyone curious about the human mind, the scientific world, and the relationship between them.