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The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Mathematics, from One to Infinity

The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Mathematics, from One to Infinity

Award-winning Steven Strogatz, one of the foremost popularisers of maths, has written a witty and fascinating account of maths' most compelling ideas and how, so often, they are an integral part of everyday life.

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ISBN 9781848878457
Barcode 9781848878457
Published 26 March 2014 by Atlantic Books
Format Paperback, Main
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Author(s) By Strogatz, Steven
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ISBN-13 9781848878457
ISBN-10 1848878451
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Atlantic Books
Imprint Atlantic Books
Publication Date 26 March 2014
International Publication Date 6 March 2014
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, Main
Edition Main
Author(s) By Strogatz, Steven
Category Mathematics
Popular Science
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight 326g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 510
Catalogue Code 481267

Description of this Book

Maths is everywhere, often where we don't even realise. Award-winning professor Steven Strogatz acts as our guide as he takes us on a tour of numbers that - unbeknownst to the unitiated - connect pop culture, literature, art, philosophy, current affairs, business and even every day life. In The Joy of X, Strogatz explains the great ideas of maths - from negative numbers to calculus, fat tails to infinity - with clarity, wit and insight. He is the maths teacher you never had and this book is perfect for the smart and curious, the expert and the beginner.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review The format works brilliantly because The Joy of X's bite-size chapters can be read, chewed over and digested independently... Strogatz exhibits a journalistic eye for startling facts and memorable illustrations... the perfect maths lesson: lucid, illuminating and short Daily Telegraph For those who feel insecure with symbols and formulae, the books is delightfully wordy... [it] offer[s] gloriously simple proof of Pythagoras' Theorem Daily Express
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Steven Strogatz is the professor of applied mathematics at Cornell University. A renowned teacher, and one of the world's most highly-cited mathematicians, he received MIT's E.M. Baker Award, the only institute-wide teaching prize selected solely by students. He is the author of several textbooks, as well as the bestseller Sync and The Calculus of Friendship. He lives in Ithaca, New York, with his wife Carole and their two daughters.

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