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From modern-day challenges such as balancing a checkbook, following the stock market, buying a home, and figuring out credit card finance charges to appreciating historical developments by Pythagoras, Archimedes, Newton, and other mathematicians, this engaging resource addresses more than 1,000 questions related to mathematics. Organized into chapters that cluster similar topics in an easily accessible format, this reference provides clear and concise explanations about the fundamentals of algebra, calculus, geometry, trigonometry, and other branches of mathematics. It contains the latest mathematical discoveries, including newly uncovered historical documents and updates on how science continues to use math to make cutting-edge innovations in DNA sequencing, superstring theory, robotics, and computers. With fun math facts and illuminating figures, The Handy Math Answer Book explores the uses of math in everyday life. Math can be daunting, but a little understanding can bring the joy of understanding our world a little bit better. What are a googol and a googolplex? What are some of the basic “building blocks” of geometry? What is a percent? What are some of the mathematics behind global warming? How does the adult brain process fractions? What is a computer“app”?
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Editorial Reviews

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"plain language questions take readers back to ancient Greece, shed light on the latest innovations of math in applications such as computing, finance, sports, and healthcare, [plus] math basics and history, through math in the physical and natural sciences and math in everyday life."— Book News

"[I]f you want an overview of mathematics, this is a good book. ... ideal for classroom research. While math thinkers will enjoy the overview of their field, the authors offer an entry point for the rest of as well. This will work as book for curious kids to page through, as well as a reference text for reports."— Children's Literature

"the perfect handbook to give your nonmathematician friends ...."— Mathematics Teacher

"a good resource for classroom teachers or parents. It is always nice to be able to answer questions about where the mathematics came from, who has contributed to our knowledge, why mathematics is useful, and why it is important for everyone to know this"— Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School

"The text is clear and concise and is understandable to lay readers, while not oversimplified. This worthwhile resource will provide valuable background information to budding math experts; teachers will also enjoy posing these questions to their students."— School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Arranged in short passages, this book starts with ancient cultures and the concept of zero, and moves through to differential calculus and math used for computer sciences. Set in a question-and-answer format, this is not a textbook, but rather a specialized encyclopedia. In other words, if you are looking to learn calculus, you will not find enough information here. But if you want an overview of mathematics, this is a good book. The temptation will be to say this information is online already. (It probably is.) But the answers given here are almost certainly far more direct and well-vetted, making it ideal for classroom research. While math thinkers will enjoy the overview of their field, the authors offer an entry point for the rest of as well. We can look at the concepts of the math world, without actually having to do the math itself. It is like suddenly having captions under the snapshots of the hundreds of different types of math. Now we can see what type of math civil engineers use, and how that is different from chemical engineers. This will work as book for curious kids to page through, as well as a reference text for reports. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—Students who have wondered, "What is the 'music of the spheres'?"; "How do astronomers determine the distances to the stars?"; or "What is a problem with our modern calendar?" can find the answers to those questions and many more in this engaging work. The text is clear and concise and is understandable to lay readers, while not oversimplified. The question-and-answer entries are arranged in chapters such as "Math Basics," "Algebra," "Applied Mathematics," "Math in the Physical Sciences," "Everyday Math," and "Recreational Math." Illustrations are varied and include tables and charts that enhance and clarify the text and photographs, engravings, and drawings of famous mathematicians. This worthwhile resource will provide valuable background information to budding math experts; teachers will also enjoy posing these questions to their students.—Stephanie Farnlacher, Trace Crossings Elementary School, Hoover, AL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780780809628
  • Publisher: Omnigraphics, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Series: Handy Answer Book Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 506

Meet the Author


Patricia Barnes-Svarney is the author of "The New York Public Library Science Desk Reference" and "When the Earth Moves: Rogue Earthquakes, Tremors, and Aftershocks," as well as hundreds of articles for science magazines and journals. Thomas E. Svarney is a scientist and the coauthor with Patricia Barnes-Svarney of numerous books, including "The Oryx Guide to Natural History," " Skies of Fury: Weather Weirdness Around the World," and several titles in the Handy Answer Book series. They live in Endicott, New York.
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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Acknowledgments xi

Appendix I Measurement Systems and Conversion Factors 479

Appendix II Common Formulas for Calculating Areas and Volumes of Shapes 485

Index 489

The History of Mathematics 1

What Is Mathematics?

Early Counting and Numbers

Mesopotamian Numbers and Mathematics

Egyptian Numbers and Mathematics

Greek and Roman Mathematics

Other Cultures and Early Mathematics

Mathematics after the Middle Ages

Into Modern Mathematics

Mathematics Throughout History 37

The Creation of Zero and Pi

Development of Weights and Measures

Time and Math in History

Math and Calendars in History

Math Basics 67

Basic Arithmetic

All about Numbers

More about Numbers

The Concept of Zero

Basic Mathematical Operations

Fractions

Foundations of Mathematics 105

Foundations and Logic

Mathematical and Formal Logic

Axiomatic System

Set Theory

Algebra 137

The Basics of Algebra

Algebra Explained

Algebraic Operations

Exponents and Logarithms

Polynomial Equations

More Algebra

Abstract Algebra

Geometry and Trigonometry 169

Geometry Beginnings

Basics of Geometry

Plane Geometry

Solid Geometry

Measurements and Transformations

Analytic Geometry

Trigonometry

Other Geometries

Mathematical Analysis 213

Analysis Basics

Sequences and Series

Calculus Basics

Differential Calculus

Integral Calculus

Differential Equations

Vector and Other Analyses

Applied Mathematics 247

Applied Mathematics Basics

Probability Theory

Statistics

Modeling and Simulation

Other Areas of Applied Mathematics

Math in the Physical Sciences 279

Physics and Mathematics

Classical Physics and Mathematics

Modern Physics and Mathematics

Chemistry and Math

Astronomy and Math

Math in the Natural Sciences 305

Math in Geology

Math in Meteorology

Math in Biology

Math and the Environment

Math in Engineering 339

Basics of Engineering

Civil Engineering and Mathematics

Mathematics and Architecture

Electrical Engineering and Materials Science

Chemical Engineering

Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering

Math in Computing 363

Early Counting and Calculating Devices

Mechanical and Electronic Calculating Devices

Modem Computers and Mathematics

Applications

Everyday Math 591

Numbers and Math in Everyday Life

Math and the Outdoors

Math, Numbers, and the Body

Math and the Consumer's Money

Math and Traveling

Recreational Math 425

Math Puzzles

Mathematical Games

Card and Dice Games

Sports Numbers

Just for Fun

Mathematical Resources 453

Educational Resources

Organizations and Societies

Museums

Popular Resources

Surfing the Internet

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