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See below for a selection of the latest books from Popular mathematics category. Presented with a red border are the Popular mathematics books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Popular mathematics books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

The Universe Speaks in Numbers

The Universe Speaks in Numbers

Author: Graham Farmelo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2021

'A superbly written, riveting book.' Martin Rees Searching for the fundamental laws of the universe, physicists have found themselves developing ambitious mathematical ideas. But without observation and experiment as their guide, are they now doing 'fairy-tale physics' as their detractors claim? In The Universe Speaks in Numbers, Graham Farmelo argues that today's greatest scientific minds are working in a tradition that dates back to Newton. He takes us on an adventure, from the Enlightenment to the breakthroughs of Einstein and Dirac, to the work of modern physicists and mathematicians shedding light on each other's disciplines, to their mutual surprise and excitement. This blossoming relationship is responsible for huge advances in our understanding of space and time - and as Farmelo explains, could redefine reality as we know it. LISTEN TO THE ACCOMPANYING PODCAST featuring interviews with leading scientists at www.grahamfarmelo.com

Millions, Billions, Zillions

Millions, Billions, Zillions

Author: Brian W. Kernighan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/12/2020

An essential guide to recognizing bogus numbers and misleading data Numbers are often intimidating, confusing, and even deliberately deceptive-especially when they are really big. The media loves to report on millions, billions, and trillions, but frequently makes basic mistakes or presents such numbers in misleading ways. And misunderstanding numbers can have serious consequences, since they can deceive us in many of our most important decisions, including how to vote, what to buy, and whether to make a financial investment. In this short, accessible, enlightening, and entertaining book, Brian Kernighan teaches anyone-even diehard math-phobes-how to demystify the numbers that assault us every day. Giving you the simple tools you need to avoid being fooled by dubious numbers, Millions, Billions, Zillions is an essential survival guide for a world drowning in big-and often bad-data.

Mathematical Nuggets From Austria: Selected Problems From The Styrian Mid-secondary School Mathematics Competitions

Mathematical Nuggets From Austria: Selected Problems From The Styrian Mid-secondary School Mathematics Competitions

This book is composed of the most interesting problems from a quarter century of regional mathematics competitions for students aged 11-14 in the province of Styria, Austria. The problems presented here range from pure puzzles to a more traditional mathematical type of question, but all are somehow special, posed with the intent of giving the reader something interesting to think about, with the promise of an entertaining moment of elucidation and enlightenment at the end.

Mathematical Nuggets From Austria: Selected Problems From The Styrian Mid-secondary School Mathematics Competitions

Mathematical Nuggets From Austria: Selected Problems From The Styrian Mid-secondary School Mathematics Competitions

This book is composed of the most interesting problems from a quarter century of regional mathematics competitions for students aged 11-14 in the province of Styria, Austria. The problems presented here range from pure puzzles to a more traditional mathematical type of question, but all are somehow special, posed with the intent of giving the reader something interesting to think about, with the promise of an entertaining moment of elucidation and enlightenment at the end.

Lying Numbers

Lying Numbers

Author: Pocket Book of Revelation Hugh Barker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2020

A readily understandable exploration of how figures are badly reported or deliberately misrepresented everywhere from political arguments and briefings to business presentations and shopping offers. Praise for Hugh Barker's Million Dollar Maths: 'Great fun. A clear, original and highly readable account of the curious relationship between mathematics and money.' Professor Ian Stewart - author of Significant Figures 'A lively crash course in the mathematics of gambling, investing, and managing. Hugh Barker makes deep ideas fun and profitable.' William Poundstone - author of How to Predict the Unpredictable Politicians, economists, scientists, journalists . . . all of them have been known to bend the truth and to twist the facts from time to time. But surely the numbers and statistics they rely on are cold, hard objective facts that tell the real story? Of course the truth is much murkier than that. Figures can be misinterpreted, misunderstood, misconstrued and misused in hundreds of different ways. This book takes a look at the many ways that statistical information can be badly reported or deliberately misused in all walks of life, from political arguments, to business presentations, to more local concerns such as shopping offers and utility bills. A polemical guide to how numbers are used to mislead, which is intended to help the reader through the minefield of dubious stats and lying numbers.

The Wonder Book of Geometry

The Wonder Book of Geometry

Author: David (Emeritus Fellow, Jesus College, University of Oxford) Acheson Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/10/2020

How can we be sure that Pythagoras's theorem is really true? Why is the 'angle in a semicircle' always 90 degrees? And how can tangents help determine the speed of a bullet? David Acheson takes the reader on a highly illustrated tour through the history of geometry, from ancient Greece to the present day. He emphasizes throughout elegant deduction and practical applications, and argues that geometry can offer the quickest route to the whole spirit of mathematics at its best. Along the way, we encounter the quirky and the unexpected, meet the great personalities involved, and uncover some of the loveliest surprises in mathematics.

The Ten Equations that Rule the World

The Ten Equations that Rule the World

Author: David Sumpter Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Is there a secret formula for improving your life? For making something a viral hit? For deciding how long to stick with your current job, Netflix series, or even relationship? This book is all about the equations that make our world go round. Ten of them, in fact. They are integral to everything from investment banking to betting companies and social media giants. And they can help you to increase your chance of success, guard against financial loss, live more healthily and see through scaremongering. They are known only by mathematicians - until now. With wit and clarity, mathematician David Sumpter shows that it isn't the technical details which make these formulas so successful. It is the way they allow mathematicians to view problems from a different angle - a way of seeing the world that anyone can learn. Empowering and illuminating, The Ten Equations that Rule the World shows how maths really can change your life.

Bicycle or Unicycle?

Bicycle or Unicycle?

Author: Daniel J. Velleman, Stan Wagon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2020

Bicycle or Unicycle? is a collection of 105 mathematical puzzles whose defining characteristic is the surprise encountered in their solutions. Solvers will be surprised, even occasionally shocked, at those solutions. The problems unfold into levels of depth and generality very unusual in the types of problems seen in contests. In contrast to contest problems, these are problems meant to be savored; many solutions, all beautifully explained, lead to unanswered research questions. At the same time, the mathematics necessary to understand the problems and their solutions is all at the undergraduate level. The puzzles will, nonetheless, appeal to professionals as well as to students and, in fact, to anyone who finds delight in an unexpected discovery. These problems were selected from the Macalester College Problem of the Week archive. The Macalester tradition of a weekly problem was started by Joseph Konhauser in 1968. In 1993 Stan Wagon assumed problem-generating duties. A previous book written by Wagon, Konhauser, and Dan Velleman, Which Way Did the Bicycle Go?, gathered problems from the first twenty-five years of the archive. The title problem in that collection was inspired by an error in logic made by Sherlock Holmes, who attempted to determine the direction of a bicycle from the tracks of its wheels. Here the title problem asks whether a bicycle track can always be distinguished from a unicycle track. You'll be surprised by the answer.

What's Happening in the Mathematical Sciences, Volume 5

What's Happening in the Mathematical Sciences, Volume 5

Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2020

Mathematicians like to point out that mathematics is universal. In spite of this, most people continue to view it as either mundane (balancing a checkbook) or mysterious (cryptography). This fifth volume of the What's Happening series contradicts that view by showing that mathematics is indeed found everywhere - in science, art, history, and our everyday lives. Here is some of what you'll find in this volume: Mathematics and Science: Mathematical biology - Mathematics was key to cracking the genetic code. Now, new mathematics is needed to understand the three-dimensional structure of the proteins produced from that code; Celestial mechanics and cosmology - New methods have revealed a multitude of solutions to the three-body problem. And other new work may answer one of cosmology's most fundamental questions: What is the size and shape of the universe?Mathematics and Everyday Life: Traffic jams - New models are helping researchers understand where traffic jams come from-and maybe what to do about them; Small worlds - Researchers have found a short distance from theory to applications in the study of small world networks. Elegance in Mathematics: Beyond Fermat's Last Theorem - Number theorists are reaching higher ground after Wiles' astounding 1994 proof: new developments in the elegant world of elliptic curves and modular functions; The Millennium Prize Problems - The Clay Mathematics Institute has offered a million dollars for solutions to seven important and difficult unsolved problems. These are just some of the topics of current interest that are covered in this latest volume of What's Happening in the Mathematical Sciences . The book has broad appeal for a wide spectrum of mathematicians and scientists, from high school students through advanced-level graduates and researchers.

Coloring Book of Complex Function Representations

Coloring Book of Complex Function Representations

Author: Julie Barnes, William Kreahling, Beth Schaubroeck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2020

Have you ever seen a mathematical object that was so intriguing that anyone, regardless of mathematical background, could appreciate its aesthetic beauty? If so, did you stop to color it? Now is your chance. Explore the beauty of mathematics in this collection if intricate pictures related to complex-valued functions. Any of these images could pass for designs found in some of the many coloring books for adults seen in stores today and are displayed here for you to color. While looking at the coloring pages, you can read about the author's quest to find interesting images. Their tale includes expeditions on the complex plane, work with families of complex functions, visits to Julia sets, unexpected results from a typo, random explorations, and a final send-off from a well-known cartoon character. Grab your colored pencils and enjoy coloring these functions. There are no incorrect ways to color, and consequently, there are no answers in the back of the book!

Mathletics

Mathletics

Author: John D. (Cambridge University) Barrow Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/09/2020

How can sprinter Usain Bolt break his world record without expending any additional effort? Which demands a faster reaction time, tennis or baseball? What dates of birth give rise to the best professional athletes? Is it better to have the inside or outside lane during a race? And how can you improve your balance just by changing your posture? Drawing on vivid, real-life examples, John D. Barrow shows how math and physics can give us surprising, often counterintuitive insights into the world of sports. For example, we learn that left-handed boxers have a statistical advantage over their right-handed opponents and that gymnasts performing the giant swing maneuver on the high bar experience stronger g-forces than roller-coaster designers are allowed to create. Thanks to lucid explanations and a healthy dose of humor, Mathletics is the perfect book for sports enthusiasts and math lovers alike.

Paths

Paths

Author: Andras Gulyas, Zalan Heszberger, Jozsef Biro Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/08/2020

This open access book explores the amazing similarity between paths taken by people and many other things in life, and its impact on the way we live, teach and learn. Offering insights into the new scientific field of paths as part of the science of networks, it entertainingly describes the universal nature of paths in large networked structures. It also shows the amazing similarity in the ways humans and other - even nonliving - things navigate in a complex environment, to allow readers to easily grasp how paths emerge in many walks of life, and how they are navigated. Paths is based on the authors recent research in the area of paths on networks, which points to the possible birth of the new science of paths as a natural consequence 'and extension) of the science of networks. The approach is essentially story-based, supported by scientific findings, interdisciplinary approaches, and at times, even philosophical points of view. It also includes short illustrative anecdotes showing the amazing similarities between real-world paths and discusses their applications in science and everyday life. Paths will appeal to network scientists and to anyone interested in popular science. By helping readers to step away from the networked view of many recent popular scientific books and start to think of longer paths instead of individual links, it sheds light on these problems from a genuinely new perspective. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The path is the goal. The essence behind this short sentence is known to many people around the world, expressed through the interpretations of some of the greatest thinkers like Lao-Tze and Gandhi. It means that it is the journey that counts, not the destination. When speaking about such subjective and intangible things, philosophy and religion are some of the only approaches that are addressed. In this book, the authors address this conventional wisdom from the perspective of natural science. They explore a sequence of steps that leads the reader closer to the nature of paths and accompany him on the search for the path to paths .