The Big Questions—MATHEMATICS answers the fundamental problems that have perplexed inquiring minds throughout history. Ranging from the first known numbers and Plato’s ideal forms to chaos theory and Fermat’s last theorem, this book confronts the 20 key questions at the heart of mathematics and our understanding of the world, including:
- WHAT IS MATHEMATICS FOR?
- HOW BIG IS INFINITY?
- IS MATHEMATICS EVEN TRUE?
- CAN MATH GUARANTEE RICHES?
- DO BUTTERFLIES’ WINGS REALLY CAUSE HURRICANES?
- WHERE DO PARALLEL LINES MEET?
- CAN WE CREATE AN UNBREAKABLE CODE?
About the Author
TONY CRILLY has taught Mathematical Sciences at Middlesex University, the University of Michigan, the City University in Hong Kong and the Open University. He is the author of the acclaimed biography of the English mathematician Arthur Cayley and the internationally best-selling 50 Mathematical Ideas You Really Need to Know.