One Hundred Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know: Math Explains Your World

One Hundred Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know: Math Explains Your World

by John D. Barrow
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One Hundred Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know: Math Explains Your World by John D. Barrow

Eminent cosmologist and writer John D. Barrow uses simple mathematics to answer one hundred perplexing questions from everyday life.
Mathematics can reveal and illuminate things about the complex world we live in that can’t be found any other way. In this hugely informative and entertaining book, John D. Barrow takes the most perplexing of everyday phenomena—from the odds of winning the lottery and the method of determining batting averages to the shapes of roller coasters and the reasoning behind the fairest possible divorce settlements—and explains why things work the way they do. With elementary math and accompanying illustrations, he sheds light on the mysterious corners of the world we encounter every day. Have you ever considered why you always seem to get stuck in the longest line? Why two’s company but three’s a crowd? Or why there are six degrees of separation instead of seven? This clever little book has all the answers to these puzzling, everyday questions of existence that need not perplex us anymore.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393070071
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/18/2009
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

John D. Barrow is professor of mathematical sciences and director of the Millennium Mathematics Project at Cambridge University, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society. He is the best-selling author of many books on science and mathematics, including Mathletics: 100 Amazing Things You Didn’t Know about the World of Sports and 100 Essential Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know: Math Explains Your World.

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