Language of Mathematics: Making the Invisible Visible

Language of Mathematics: Making the Invisible Visible

by Keith J. Devlin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0805072543

ISBN-13: 9780805072549

Pub. Date: 03/28/2000

Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.

"The great book of nature," said Galileo, "can be read only by those who know the language in which it was written. And this language is mathematics." In The Language of Mathematics, award-winning author Keith Devlin reveals the vital role mathematics plays in our eternal quest to understand who we are and the world we live in. More than just the study of

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"The great book of nature," said Galileo, "can be read only by those who know the language in which it was written. And this language is mathematics." In The Language of Mathematics, award-winning author Keith Devlin reveals the vital role mathematics plays in our eternal quest to understand who we are and the world we live in. More than just the study of numbers, mathematics provides us with the eyes to recognize and describe the hidden patterns of life—patterns that exist in the physical, biological, and social worlds without, and the realm of ideas and thoughts within.

Taking the reader on a wondrous journey through the invisible universe that surrounds us—a universe made visible by mathematics—Devlin shows us what keeps a jumbo jet in the air, explains how we can see and hear a football game on TV, allows us to predict the weather, the behavior of the stock market, and the outcome of elections. Microwave ovens, telephone cables, children's toys, pacemakers, automobiles, and computers—all operate on mathematical principles. Far from a dry and esoteric subject, mathematics is a rich and living part of our culture. An exploration of an often woefully misunderstood subject, The Language of Mathematics celebrates the simplicity, the precision, the purity, and the elegance of mathematics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805072549
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2000
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
412,395
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Prologue: What is Mathematics?1
Ch. 1Why Numbers Count13
Ch. 2Patterns of the Mind51
Ch. 3Mathematics in Motion95
Ch. 4Mathematics Gets into Shape139
Ch. 5The Mathematics of Beauty189
Ch. 6What Happens When Mathematics Gets into Position221
Ch. 7How Mathematicians Figure the Odds271
Ch. 8Uncovering the Hidden Patterns of the Universe299
Postscript337
Index339

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