1089 and All That: A Journey into Mathematics

1089 and All That: A Journey into Mathematics

by David Acheson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199590028

ISBN-13: 9780199590025

Pub. Date: 12/09/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

David Acheson's extraordinary little book makes mathematics accessible to everyone. From very simple beginnings he takes us on a thrilling journey to some deep mathematical ideas. On the way, via Kepler and Newton, he explains what calculus really means, gives a brief history of pi, and even takes us to chaos theory and imaginary numbers. Every short chapter is

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David Acheson's extraordinary little book makes mathematics accessible to everyone. From very simple beginnings he takes us on a thrilling journey to some deep mathematical ideas. On the way, via Kepler and Newton, he explains what calculus really means, gives a brief history of pi, and even takes us to chaos theory and imaginary numbers. Every short chapter is carefully crafted to ensure that no one will get lost on the journey. Packed with puzzles and illustrated by world famous cartoonists, this is one of the most readable and imaginative books on mathematics ever written.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199590025
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/09/2010
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
1,177,054
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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