Mathematics 1001: Absolutely Everything That Matters About Mathematics in 1001 Bite-Sized Explanations


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A comprehensive study of math principles in one volume for the general reader.

This practical reference provides clear and concise explanations of the most fascinating fundamental mathematical concepts. Distilled into 1001 mini-essays arranged thematically, this unique book moves steadily from the basics through to the most advanced areas of math, making it the ideal guide for both the beginner and the math wiz.

The book covers all of the fundamental mathematical disciplines:

  • Geometry
  • Numbers
  • Analysis
  • Logic
  • Algebra
  • Probability and statistics
  • Applied mathematics
  • Discrete mathematics
  • Games and recreational mathematics
  • Philosophy and metamathematics

Expert mathematician Richard Elwes explains difficult concepts in the simplest language with a minimum of jargon. Along the way he reveals such mathematical magic as how to count to 1023 using just 10 fingers and how to make an unbreakable code.

Enlightening and entertaining, Mathematics 1001 makes the language of math come alive.

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Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual 2010 - Melinda F. Matthews
Designed with the general reader and students in mind, this volume provides clear and concise explanations of mathematical concepts. It uses the simplest, jargon-free language possible to clarify such concepts as probability and statistics, discrete mathematics, logic, and analysis. Covering 1001 mathematical topics, the work covers such subjects as geometry, algebra, numbers, applied mathematics, and calculus. This is a fun resource that can make most any student find something interesting in mathematics. It is a concise, general work that can be used for browsing or for looking up specific topics in both high school and public libraries.
Sonder Books 2011 Stand-outs
Absolutely fascinating.... Dr. Elwes is brilliant at giving the reader the broad perspective, with enough details to fascinate, rather than confuse. Many of the topics cover the foundations of an area of mathematics, and others cover unsolved problems, and everything in between.... I highly recommend this book for any student considering math as their future field of study, as well as anyone who ever enjoyed studying math. For that matter, this book would also be good for anyone who finds math at all intriguing.
Library Journal
Often, when one hears a scientific or mathematical reference, it usually requires a concise explanation using regular terminology. Elwes (mathematics researcher, Univ. of Leeds, England) gives us a shortcut to some of mathematics' most significant topics, doing for his subject what Paul Parsons did for science in Science 101: Absolutely Everything That Matters About Science in 1001 Bite-Sized Explanations. As in that book, concise essays about a variety of mathematical fields—numbers, algebra, geometry, logic—are arranged here by broad topics along with more specific subjects. The accessible text is written without troublesome jargon and terminology. Many of the essays contain illustrations of plots, graphs, and figures. The index makes it easy to find an essay if one is not particularly familiar with the hierarchy of mathematics. VERDICT One can rarely call a mathematics book fun, but that's exactly what Elwes's book is. Appropriate for school, public, and academic collections.—Margaret Dominy, Drexel Univ. Lib., Philadelphia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554077199
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/12/2011
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Richard Elwes is a writer, lecturer and researcher in mathematics. He contributes to New Scientist and Plus Magazine and has published numerous scholarly research papers.

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