×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Coincidences, Chaos, and All That Math Jazz: Making Light of Weighty Ideas
     

Coincidences, Chaos, and All That Math Jazz: Making Light of Weighty Ideas

4.0 2
by Edward B. Burger, Michael Starbird
 

See All Formats & Editions

ISBN-10: 0393329313

ISBN-13: 9780393329315

Pub. Date: 10/30/2006

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

“A profusely illustrated, bemusingly unorthodox introduction to math.”—Booklist
A book for the eternally curious, Coincidences fuses a professor’s understanding of the hidden mathematical skeleton of the universe with the sensibility of a stand-up comedian, making life’s big questions accessible and compelling. Each chapter opens

Overview

“A profusely illustrated, bemusingly unorthodox introduction to math.”—Booklist
A book for the eternally curious, Coincidences fuses a professor’s understanding of the hidden mathematical skeleton of the universe with the sensibility of a stand-up comedian, making life’s big questions accessible and compelling. Each chapter opens with a surprising insight—not a mathematic formula, but a common observation. From there, the authors leapfrog over math and anecdote toward profound ideas about nature, art, and music. Coincidences is a book for lovers of puzzles and posers of outlandish questions, lapsed math aficionados and the formula-phobic alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393329315
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/30/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
878,068
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Opening Thoughtsvii
Part IUnderstanding Uncertainty: Coincidences, Chaos, and Confusion1
1Unbridled Coincidences: Likelihood, Lady Luck, and Lady Love3
2Chaos Reigns: Why We Can't Predict the Future20
3Digesting Life's Data: Statistical Surprises42
Part IIEmbracing Figures: Sensing Secrecy, Magnificent Magnitudes, and Nature's Numbers63
4Secrets Held, Secrets Revealed: Cryptography Decrypted65
5Sizing Up Numbers: How Many? How Big? How Quick?78
6A Synergy Between Nature and Number: A Search for Pattern100
Part IIIExploring Aesthetics: Sexy Rectangles, Fiery Fractals, and Contortions of Space121
7From Precise Beauty to Pure Chaos: Picturing Aesthetics Through the Lens of Mathematics123
8Origami for the Origamically Challenged: From Paper Folding to Computers and Fiery Fractals146
9A Twisted Turn in an Amorphous Universe: An Exploration of an Elasticized World166
Part IVTranscending Reality: The Fourth Dimension and Infinity199
10The Universe Next Door: The Magic of the Fourth Dimension201
11Moving Beyond the Confines of Our Nutshell: A Journey Into Infinity231
12In Search of Something Still Larger: A Journey Beyond Infinity246
Closing Thoughts267
Acknowledgments268
Further Resources269
Permissions270
Index271

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

Coincidences, Chaos, and All That Math Jazz: Making Light of Weighty Ideas 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago