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Life by the Numbers
     

Life by the Numbers

by Keith Devlin, Keith J. Devlin (Preface by)
 

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A lively and visually striking introduction to the remarkable range of ways in which math shapes our lives. Beautifully illustrated with over 160 photos and illustrations, it reveals that math, like its cousin, science, has the power to amaze us with its masterful handling of chaos, its ability to reveal the mystery behind natural phenomena, and its uncanny knack for

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A lively and visually striking introduction to the remarkable range of ways in which math shapes our lives. Beautifully illustrated with over 160 photos and illustrations, it reveals that math, like its cousin, science, has the power to amaze us with its masterful handling of chaos, its ability to reveal the mystery behind natural phenomena, and its uncanny knack for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Keith Devlin explores the vital role math plays in such diverse areas as sports, space exploration, the mapping of the ocean floor, the patterns of nature, cinematic special effects, and more.

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Booknews
This companion to the PBS television series offers illustrated proof that mathematics is a vital and creative way of thinking and seeing, without using a single mathematical equation. Explores the range of ways in which scientists, artists, athletes, medical researchers, and others are using mathematics, and profiles present-day male and female pioneers in mathematics and science. Discussions ranging from deep-sea volcanos to movie special effects and wearable computers are illustrated with color photos and drawings. For general readers high school and up. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471240440
Publisher:
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
7.71(w) x 9.45(h) x 0.87(d)
Lexile:
1160L (what's this?)

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Amir Aczel
"Not in many, many years have I seen a book nearly as instructive, enlightening, and sheer fun about the beauty of mathematics. Life by the Numbers is truly superb." -- Author of Fermat's Last Theorem

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Palo Alto, California
Date of Birth:
March 16, 1947
Place of Birth:
Hull, England
Education:
B.S., King's College, London, 1968; Ph.D., University of Bristol, 1971

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