The Magic of Mathematics: Discovering the Spell of Mathematics

The Magic of Mathematics: Discovering the Spell of Mathematics

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by Theoni Pappas
     
 

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Delves into the world of ideas, explores the spell mathematics casts on our lives, and helps you discover mathematics where you least expect it. Be spellbound by the mathematical designs found in nature. Learn how knots may untie the mysteries of life. Be mesmerized by the computer revolution. Discover how the hidden forces of mathematics -hold architectural…  See more details below

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Delves into the world of ideas, explores the spell mathematics casts on our lives, and helps you discover mathematics where you least expect it. Be spellbound by the mathematical designs found in nature. Learn how knots may untie the mysteries of life. Be mesmerized by the computer revolution. Discover how the hidden forces of mathematics -hold architectural structures together -connect your telephone calls -help airplanes get off the ground - solve the mysteries of the living cell. See how some artists use a mathematical palette in their works and how many writers draw upon the wealth of its ideas. Experience all this in The Magic of Mathematics.

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Library Journal
The essays in this third volume of mathematical mini-essays by the author of The Joy of Mathematics (Wide World Pub./Tetra, 1989) and More Joy of Mathematics (Wide World Pub./Tetra, 1991) are for the general reader, requiring little mathematical background. They range broadly over mathematical themes in art, architecture, music, games, and everyday technology, encompassing history, new discoveries, applications, and recreations. Though the choice of subjects is haphazard, and each essay barely skims the surface, the book is fun to browse. Ideas are tossed out and discussed one after another with just enough details to keep things interesting. There are many illustrations and few equations. Thought-provoking yet not overwhelming, this book makes the author's pleasure in mathematics evident. Recommended for young adults and older.-Amy Brunvand, Fort Lewis Coll. Lib., Durango, Col.

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ISBN-13:
9781884550560
Publisher:
Wide World Publishing/Tetra
Publication date:
09/30/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
480,998
File size:
13 MB
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Meet the Author

Mathematics teacher and consultant Theoni Pappas received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1966 and her M.A. from Stanford University in 1967. Pappas is committed to demystifying mathematics and to helping eliminate the elitism and fear often associated with it. In 2000 she received The Excellence in Achievement Award from the University of California Alumni Association.

Her books have been translated into Japanese, Finnish, French, Slovakian, Czech, Korean, Turkish, Russian, Thai, simplified and traditional Chinese, Portuguese, Italian, and Spanish.

Pappas has written over 14 books which are focused on introducing people to the many wonders of mathematics. She is perhaps best known for ever popular The Mathematics Calendar. Her other innovative creations include: The Math-T-Shirt, The Children's Mathematics Calendar, The Mathematics Engagement Calendar, and What Do You See?—an optical illusion slide show with text.

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