Mythematics: Solving the Twelve Labors of Hercules

Mythematics: Solving the Twelve Labors of Hercules

by Michael Huber


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Mythematics: Solving the Twelve Labors of Hercules by Michael Huber

"In this one-of-a-kind book, Michael Huber converts the Twelve Labors of Hercules into a series of math problems, thereby demonstrating the chops of an applied mathematician and the sensibility of a classicist. We can only hope that, for a sequel, Huber takes on A Thousand and One Nights."—William Dunham, author of The Calculus Gallery

"Huber has come up with a clever means to present some pretty mathematics and math modeling. Covering an eclectic set of topics, this book will teach readers a golden goblet's worth of mathematics."—Colin Adams, coauthor of How to Ace Calculus

"Michael Huber ingeniously introduces many elementary mathematical and physical problems in this fascinating book. Who knew Greek mythology could be so mathematical!"—John Adam, coauthor of Guesstimation

"This book does an excellent job of blending math with a very different field—classics. As I read the book I thought, 'Had one of the gods offered Hercules a premonition of this book's contents, he would have quickly trained to have strength in mathematical insights to rival his physical prowess.' The book repeatedly underscores the importance of careful mathematical modeling."—Tim Chartier, Davidson College

"I like the concepts underlying the problems in this book. It will be a valuable resource for classroom teachers at all levels and a fun read for students."—John Quintanilla, University of North Texas

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691135755
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 09/08/2009
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Michael Huber is associate professor of mathematics at Muhlenberg College.

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