Alex Through the Looking-Glass: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life

Alex Through the Looking-Glass: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life

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From triangles, rotations and power laws, to fractals, cones and curves, bestselling author Alex Bellos takes you on a journey of mathematical discovery with his signature wit, engaging stories and limitless enthusiasm. As he narrates a series of eye-opening encounters with lively personalities all over the world, Alex demonstrates how numbers have come to be our friends, are fascinating and extremely accessible, and how they have changed our world.

He turns even the dreaded calculus into an easy-to-grasp mathematical exposition, and sifts through over 30,000 survey submissions to reveal the world's favourite number. In Germany, he meets the engineer who designed the first roller-coaster loop, whilst in India he joins the world's highly numerate community at the International Congress of Mathematicians. He explores the wonders behind the Game of Life program, and explains mathematical logic, growth and negative numbers. Stateside, he hangs out with a private detective in Oregon and meets the mathematician who looks for universes from his garage in Illinois.

Read this captivating book, and you won't realise that you're learning about complex concepts. Alex will get you hooked on maths as he delves deep into humankind's turbulent relationship with numbers, and proves just how much fun we can have with them.

PRODUCT DETAILS :
ISBN : 9781408850985
BY (AUTHOR) Bellos, Alex
PUBLISHER : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC PUBLICATION DATE : April 10, 2014
COUNTRY OF PUBLICATION : United Kingdom IMPRINT : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
LANGUAGE : English AGE : General
PRODUCT FORM : Paperback / softback
DIMENSION : 228 mm x 153 mm
WEIGHT : 567 g

PRODUCT CATEGORY :
Mathematics & Science
DESCRIPTION :
From triangles, rotations and power laws, to fractals, cones and curves, bestselling author Alex Bellos takes you on a journey of mathematical discovery with his signature wit, engaging stories and limitless enthusiasm. As he narrates a series of eye-opening encounters with lively personalities all over the world, Alex demonstrates how numbers have come to be our friends, are fascinating and extremely accessible, and how they have changed our world.

He turns even the dreaded calculus into an easy-to-grasp mathematical exposition, and sifts through over 30,000 survey submissions to reveal the world's favourite number. In Germany, he meets the engineer who designed the first roller-coaster loop, whilst in India he joins the world's highly numerate community at the International Congress of Mathematicians. He explores the wonders behind the Game of Life program, and explains mathematical logic, growth and negative numbers. Stateside, he hangs out with a private detective in Oregon and meets the mathematician who looks for universes from his garage in Illinois.

Read this captivating book, and you won't realise that you're learning about complex concepts. Alex will get you hooked on maths as he delves deep into humankind's turbulent relationship with numbers, and proves just how much fun we can have with them.

PRODUCT DETAILS :
ISBN : 9781408850985
BY (AUTHOR) Bellos, Alex
PUBLISHER : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC PUBLICATION DATE : April 10, 2014
COUNTRY OF PUBLICATION : United Kingdom IMPRINT : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
LANGUAGE : English AGE : General
PRODUCT FORM : Paperback / softback
DIMENSION : 228 mm x 153 mm
WEIGHT : 567 g

PRODUCT CATEGORY :
Mathematics & Science