Man vs Maths: Everyday mathematics explained

Man vs Maths: Everyday mathematics explained

by Timothy Revell


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Man vs Maths explains the complexities of the mathematics of modern life, showing how understanding a little more maths can improve your life and how to use it to your advantage. Plus along the way you'll discover how social media trends work, why the universe has a favourite number and what this means for you.

Mathematics is inescapable. Wherever you go, whatever you do, however you live your life, mathematics plays an important role. From controlling a city’s traffic to finding love, spending money online to building a skyscraper, the mathematics at play in our world is fascinating. Yet despite its ubiquity, for many of us, how the maths of today really works remains complex.

-Mathematician Timothy Revell distills these complexities in this essential guide to modern-day mathematics, exploring questions such as; Could we solve queuing with an equation?  How do algorithms control our news?  What is the secret behind encryption codes?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781316900
Publisher: Aurum Press
Publication date: 08/08/2017
Series: Man vs Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Timothy Revell has a Masters in mathematics and a PhD in computer science, but despite this he still struggles with long division. He has worked with BBC Horizon, The Naked Scientists radio show – one of the world’s most popular science shows, and writes for New Scientist. Timothy learnt his trade running an award-winning science communication group in Glasgow called the GIST, producing articles, videos and podcasts. He loves mathematics and thinks that everybody else should too.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Man vs mathematics 7

1 Search theory: Where's the treasure? 15

2 Algorithms: How do you make love with mathematics? 29

3 Data: Can mathematics make me happy? 45

4 Game theory: Why aren't you having sex right now? 57

5 Subdivision: How do you draw a Pixar circle? 75

6 Probability: Coincidence? I think so 93

7 Cryptography: Yjq etgcvgf vjg ecguct ucncf? 109

8 Sport data: Can mathematics help you win? 127

9 Optimisation: When does mo' roads mean mo' travellin'? 145

10 City calculations: Mathtropolis: can gherkins solve a wind problem? 157

11 Networks: Why do my friends have more friends than me? 171

12 Fraud: What is the universe's favourite number? 183

13 Conclusion: Man vs mathematics vs the world 195

Acknowledgements 206

Index 207

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