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The Number Mysteries: A Mathematical Odyssey Through Everyday Life

The Number Mysteries: A Mathematical Odyssey Through Everyday Life
 

From the author of 'The Music of the Primes' and 'Finding Moonshine' comes a short, lively book on five mathematical problems that just refuse be solved -- and on how many everyday problems can be solved by maths.

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ISBN 9780007309863
Published 13 May 2011 by HarperCollins
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Sautoy, Marcus du

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ISBN-13 9780007309863
ISBN-10 0007309864
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher HarperCollins
Imprint Fourth Estate Ltd
Publication Date 13 May 2011
International Publication Date 3 March 2011
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Sautoy, Marcus du
Category Mathematics
Popular Science
Interest Age Young Adults
Reading Age Young Adults
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 130mm
Height: 197mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight 220g
Dewey Code 510
Catalogue Code 199589

Description of this Book

From the author of 'The Music of the Primes' and 'Finding Moonshine' comes a short, lively book on five mathematical problems that just refuse be solved -- and on how many everyday problems can be solved by maths. Every time we download a song from Itunes, take a flight across the Atlantic or talk on our mobile phones, we are relying on great mathematical inventions. Maths may fail to provide answers to various of its own problems, but it can provide answers to problems that don't seem to be its own -- how prime numbers are the key to Real Madrid's success, to secrets on the Internet and to the survival of insects in the forests of North America. In 'The Number Mysteries', Marcus du Sautoy explains how to fake a Jackson Pollock; how to work out whether or not the universe has a hole in the middle of it; how to make the world's roundest football. He shows us how to see shapes in four dimensions -- and how maths makes you a better gambler. He tells us about the quest to predict the future -- from the flight of asteroids to an impending storm, from bending a ball like Beckham to predicting population growth. It's a book to dip in to; a book to challenge and puzzle -- and a book that gives us answers.

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Awards & Reviews

NZ Review 'Marcus du Sautoy, Oxford university maths professor and holder of the Simonyi chair for the public understanding of science!digs up the unusual places where maths lurks in the real world!it's a hard task making the world of maths accessible and intriguing to the general public!Du Sautoy manages it well!covering everything from internet credit-card security to the maths behind making the roundest football, he builds a persuasive case for how relevant these mathematical mysteries are to our everyday lives' Sunday Times Praise for 'Finding Moonshine': 'If you don't experience a thrill of foreboding as du Sautoy ventures into this twilit territory, nothing in maths will be for you. Even if the thought of sitting down to a quintic equation makes you want to cry, it would still be hard to resist Moonshine's cocktail of anecdote, swashbuckling potted history and haphazard self-revelation. The moments of autobiographical intimacy bring the book to life!a joy.' Daily Telegraph 'Mesmerising!articulate, fluent, funny and personable, [du Sautoy] is also absolutely passionate about mathematics, with a burning desire to make the rest of us as excited as he is about its problems, its patterns and its beauty. He captures for us with brilliant vividness the excitement of the pursuit of a solution to a difficult problem.' Lisa Jardine, Sunday Times Praise for 'Finding Moonshine': 'If you don't experience a thrill of foreboding as du Sautoy ventures into this twilit territory, nothing in maths will be for you. Even if the thought of sitting down to a quintic equation makes you want to cry, it would still be hard to resist Moonshine's cocktail of anecdote, swashbuckling potted history and haphazard self-revelation. The moments of autobiographical intimacy bring the book to life!a joy.' Daily Telegraph 'Mesmerising!articulate, fluent, funny and personable, [du Sautoy] is also absolutely passionate about mathematics, with a burning desire to make the rest of us as excited as he is about its problems, its patterns and its beauty. He captures for us with brilliant vividness the excitement of the pursuit of a solution to a difficult problem.' Lisa Jardine, Sunday Times 'A fascinating and absorbing read.' Financial Times 'A marvellous account!these exasperating people with unkempt beards, untidy clothes, impossible manners and extraordinary obsessions, become, in this narrative, ultimately enviable.' Guardian 'A superlative mathematical entertainment; not pretty to the purist eye, but oh, so effective.' Independent on Sunday

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Author's Bio

Marcus du Sautoy is currently a Research Fellow at the Royal Society and has been named by the Independent on Sunday as one of the UK's leading scientists; he is also a member of Dept of Pure Mathematics at Cambridge and a fellow of All Souls, Oxford. He writes for The Times and The Guardian, presents Mind Games on BBC4, was chosen as one of Esquire's 100 most influential men under 40, and gave the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in 2006. He is the author of 'The Music of the Primes' and 'Finding Moonshine'

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