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Alex's Adventures in Numberland: Dispatches from the Wonderful World of Mathematics

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I found Simon Singh's 'Fermat's Last Theorem' a bit of a page turner which either makes me a right saddo or an intellectual genius. SHORTLIST: BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2010 Praise: A mathematical wonder that will leave you hooked on numbers…It’s hard not to get swept away by Bellos’s enthusiasm Daily Telegraph Original and highly entertaining. I'm an engineer, so I might be slightly better positioned to understand this text, but the format and language of the book assumes nothing of the reader (without being condescending) and explains every concept in a way that even a lay person will be able to follow. Concerning "the golden ratio," Bellos notes, "It may sound Orwellian, but some irrational numbers are more irrational than others.

Trading Address (Warehouse) Unit E, Vulcan Business Complex, Vulcan Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE5 3EB.Gamblers wanted to know how to beat the house and, by examining the mathematical patterns and probabilities in a game, were rewarded with intricate ways of gaining a tiny edge. He's juggling hardcore mathematics, entertaining (and often humorous) anecdotes and practical applications of math at the same time! But as illustrative of my point as this passage may be, I only included it because it contains the word "legerdemain.

But for Alex Bellos math can be inspiring and brilliantly creative and he proves it in this book that can be read easily by most non-geeks. The record for pi memorisation whilst juggling is held by Mats Bergsten (Sweden) who has recited 9778 digits while juggling three balls. For these folk, mathematics is a proud human endeavour more profound than science and more creative than art.The chapter uses maths to confirm that there are a few clever clogs who can improve gambling odds but the rest of us are easy prey to owners of casinos whose only redeeming quality is that they are as stupid as the rest of us in understanding how probability theory works and must therefore put their faith in the quants they employ, much like the purchasers of derivatives products. Bellos has traveled all around the globe and has plunged into history to uncover fascinating stories of mathematical achievement, from the breakthroughs of Euclid, the greatest mathematician of all time, to the creations of the Zen master of origami, one of the hottest areas of mathematical work today. The latter is no doubt core to the book's strengths, because Bellos brings a hobbyists's enthusiasm along with a sympathy for the semi-literacy most of us bring to the maths. The slide rule exposed my lack of dexterity, which I blame for a lifelong preference for the directionally correct over pinpoint accuracy. Moreover, his goal is not to instruct, any more than the goal of THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS is a manual on chess-playing.

We work closely with publishers and authors to ensure that we offer the best books on the market for your child. Mathematicians have explored ever more abstract worlds and geometries, floating in dimensions that may or may not exist and finding symmetries and patterns in hard-to-imagine shapes.

g. there are no straight straight lines passing through the north pole and that are parallel to the equator).

Most of the anecdotes and stories about former mathematicians I already knew, but it’s nice to have them all in one place.I have had both, but even after careful reading, there were still many sections that left me puzzled.

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