The Grapes of Math

How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life

Author: Alex Bellos

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451640129

Category: Mathematics

Page: 352

View: 5506


From triangles, rotations and power laws, to cones, curves and the dreaded calculus, Alex takes you on a journey of mathematical discovery with his signature wit and limitless enthusiasm. He sifts through over 30,000 survey submissions to uncover the world’s favourite number, and meets a mathematician who looks for universes in his garage. He attends the World Mathematical Congress in India, and visits the engineer who designed the first roller-coaster loop. Get hooked on math as Alex delves deep into humankind’s turbulent relationship with numbers, and reveals how they have shaped the world we live in.

Pi of Life

The Hidden Happiness of Mathematics

Author: Sunil Singh

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1475833776

Category: Education

Page: 174

View: 2925


Blending classic wisdom with over 100 pop culture references, Singh whimsically switches the lens in this book from the traditional society teaching math to a new and bold math teaching society. With charming buoyancy and intimacy, he takes us on an emotional and surprising journey through the deepest goldmine of mathematics—our personal happiness.

Language and Mathematics

An Interdisciplinary Guide

Author: Marcel Danesi

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 161451318X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 344

View: 2020


This book explores the many disciplinary and theoretical links between language, linguistics, and mathematics. It examines trends in linguistics, such as structuralism, conceptual metaphor theory, and other relevant theories,to show that language and mathematics have a similar structure, but differential functions, even though one without the other would not exist.

A Most Elegant Equation

Euler's Formula and the Beauty of Mathematics

Author: David Stipp

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0465093787

Category: Mathematics

Page: 240

View: 3158


An award-winning science writer introduces us to mathematics using the extraordinary equation that unites five of mathematics' most important numbers Bertrand Russell wrote that mathematics can exalt "as surely as poetry." This is especially true of one equation: ei(pi) + 1 = 0, the brainchild of Leonhard Euler, the Mozart of mathematics. More than two centuries after Euler's death, it is still regarded as a conceptual diamond of unsurpassed beauty. Called Euler's identity or God's equation, it includes just five numbers but represents an astonishing revelation of hidden connections. It ties together everything from basic arithmetic to compound interest, the circumference of a circle, trigonometry, calculus, and even infinity. In David Stipp's hands, Euler's identity formula becomes a contemplative stroll through the glories of mathematics. The result is an ode to this magical field.


Author: Robert Winston

Publisher: N.A


Category: Culture

Page: 512

View: 1412


Humanis a comprehensive, highly illustrated account of what makes us what we are: how we evolved, how our bodies develop and work, and how we think and behave both as individuals and as members of society. It not only examines the qualities we all share and that define us as a species, but also highlights the fascinating diversity of human society and culture. Human is genuinely unique. No other book covers all aspects of human life, from evolution and biology to society, culture, and the future of our species Professor Robert Winston is chief UK consultant, backed up by a team of authoritative contributors and consultants from a wide variety of fields The immense variety in society and culture worldwide is revealed through comparative profiles of beliefs, customs, rituals, and the arts Structure and workings of the human body and mind are fully illustrated and explained Panels throughout the book highlight fascinating facts, environmental and health issues, and cutting-edge developments