1089 and All That: A Journey into Mathematics

1089 and All That: A Journey into Mathematics

by David Acheson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199590028

ISBN-13: 9780199590025

Pub. Date: 12/09/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In this brief but witty text, Acheson (Jesus College, Oxford) presents general readers with elements of mystery and surprise he sees in the world of mathematics. He uses humor, cartoons, and diagrams to demonstrate the pleasure he finds in the actual deductive arguments by which theorems and results are proven, and explores some remarkable, everyday applications of…  See more details below

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In this brief but witty text, Acheson (Jesus College, Oxford) presents general readers with elements of mystery and surprise he sees in the world of mathematics. He uses humor, cartoons, and diagrams to demonstrate the pleasure he finds in the actual deductive arguments by which theorems and results are proven, and explores some remarkable, everyday applications of mathematics to science and nature. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199590025
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/09/2010
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
751,377
Product dimensions:
4.70(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

1. 1089 and All That
2. "In Love with Geometrie"
3. But ... that's Absurd ...
4. The Trouble with Algebra
5. The Heavens in Motion
6. All Change!
7. On Being as Small as Possible
8. "Are We Nearly There?"
9. A Brief History of pi
10. Good Vibrations
11. Great Mistakes
12. What is the Secret of All Life?
13. e=2.718 ...
14. Chaos and Catastrophe
15. Not Quite the Indian Rope Trick
16. Real or Imaginary?

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