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A lighthearted tour through 49 of the most interesting and useful mathematical formulas ever derived

Now in paperback, this whimsical book reacquaints the reader with the pleasure of playing with numbers. Both entertaining and practical, it reaches a level of sophistication consistently high enough to make intelligent people think, but never aims so high that it is difficult to follow. Accompanying the formulas are over 70 amusing cartoons and diverting stories that point up how everyday events can lead to fundamental mathematical insights.

* Features 49 short, inviting chapters, written in simple, clear language * Proves that math is fun, functional and accessible--not an arcane subject reserved for specialists

LIONEL SALEM (Paris, France) is an internationally renowned theoretical chemist at the University of Paris, and has an appointment to the world famous French National Research Center. FREDERIC TESTARD (Nice, France) is a mathematician at the University of Nice. CORALIE SALEM (Paris, France) is an artist/illustrator who provided the book's graphics.

As it reacquaints the reader with the pleasure of playing with numbers, this lighthearted tour through the 49 most interesting and useful mathematical formulas is practical and entertaining. Amusing cartoons and diverting stories point up how everyday events can lead to mathematical insights.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471552765
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/23/1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 141
  • Product dimensions: 0.50 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

LIONEL SALEM, Research Professor in the French National Research Center (CNRS), is an internationally renowned theoretical chemist and "popularizer" of science, best known for his book The Marvels of the Molecule, which has been translated into a number of languages. He was advisor to the Minister of Higher Education for the French government. The son of a former professor of mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Salem received his education at Cambridge University.
FRÉDÉRIC TESTARD is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Nice, in France. Professor Testard is a graduate of one of the prestigious Écoles Normales Supérieures.
CORALIE SALEM is an artist and illustrator with a degree in graphic design. She designs corporate logos for French clients and is the daughter of Lionel Salem.

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Table of Contents

Powers of Numbers.
Triangles, Rectangles, Squares, and Circles.
Angles.
Quadratic Equations.
Logarithms and Exponentials.
Series of Numbers.
Objects in Space.
Whole Numbers, Prime Numbers.
Chance.
Today and Tomorrow...
Annex.
Indexes.
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