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            Legacy of the Luoshu: The 4,000 Year Search for the Meaning of the Magic Square of Order Three

            Legacy of the Luoshu: The 4,000 Year Search for the Meaning of the Magic Square of Order Three (Hardback, 2nd Revised edition)

            By Swetz, Frank J.

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            A symbol of the Divine, a good luck charm, a cosmogram of the world order, a template for fengshui - through the ages, the luoshu, or magic square of order three, has fascinated people of many different cultures. This book uncovers the history of the luoshu, from its Chinese orig...ins, shrouded in legend.
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            ISBN 9781568814278
            Released NZ 16 Jun 2008
            Publisher Taylor & Francis Inc
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            Companion Encyclopedia of the History and Philosophy of the Mathematical Sciences

            Companion Encyclopedia of the History and Philosophy of the Mathematical Sciences (Paperback)

            Edited by Grattan-Guinness, Ivor

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            This companion encyclopedia examines the history and philosophy of the mathematical sciences in a cultural context, tracing their evolution from ancient times up to the 20th century.

            ISBN 9780415862028
            Released NZ 11 Sep 2017
            Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
            Interest Age 19+ years
            Series Routledge Companion Encyclopedias
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            In The Search For Beauty: Unravelling Non-euclidean Geometry
             

            In The Search For Beauty: Unravelling Non-euclidean Geometry (Hardback)

            By Smilga, Voldemar; Other Smilga, Andrei

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            This is a popular book that chronicles the historical attempts to prove the fifth postulate of Euclid on parallel lines that led eventually to the creation of non-Euclidean geometry. To absorb the mathematical content of the book, the reader should be familiar with the foundation...s of Euclidean geometry at the high school level. But besides the mathematics, the book is also devoted to human stories about the people, brilliant mathematicians starting from Pythagoras and terminating with Gauss, Lobachevsky and Klein who first tried to prove the fifth postulate (whose formulation seemed to them too complicated to be a real postulate and not a theorem, hence the title 'In the search for beauty'). It was understood in the 19th century that such proof was impossible leading to a revolution of mathematics. The two final chapters are devoted to Einstein and his general relativity.The human stories represent historical essays with a chapter devoted to Omar Khayyam, who was not only a poet, but also a brilliant scientist and mathematician.
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            ISBN 9789813274358
            Released NZ 15 Jan 2019
            Publisher World Scientific Publishing Co
            Interest Age 19+ years
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            99 Variations on a Proof

            99 Variations on a Proof (Hardback)

            By Ording, Philip

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            An exploration of the art of mathematics through 99 different proofs of the same theorem This lively and compelling book offers a unique, multifaceted perspective on mathematics by demonstrating 99 different proofs of the same theorem. Each chapter solves an otherwise unremarkabl...e equation in distinct historical, formal, and imaginative styles that range from Medieval, Topological, and Doggerel to Chromatic, Electrostatic, and Psychedelic. Along the way, Philip Ording weaves these variations into an accessible and wide-ranging narrative on the nature and practice of mathematics. Inspired by the experiments of the Paris-based writing group known as the Oulipo-whose members included Raymond Queneau, Italo Calvino, and Marcel Duchamp-Ording explores new ways to examine the aesthetic possibilities of mathematical activity. This mathematical take on Queneau's Exercises in Style-a collection of 99 retellings of the same story-draws unexpected connections to everything from mysticism and technology to architecture and sign language and includes diagrams, notations, and other imagery that are as amusing as they are edifying. With a rare blend of humor and scholarly aplomb, Ording illustrates the inherent creative potential and flexibility of mathematical language despite its reputation for precision and rigor. Readers of this playful and expansive compendium of mathematical exposition and style will gain not only a bird's-eye view of the discipline and its major branches but also new insights into its historical, philosophical, and cultural nuances. Every reader, no matter their level of expertise, will discover in these proofs surprising new aspects of the mathematical landscape.
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            ISBN 9780691158839
            Released NZ 15 Feb 2019
            Publisher Princeton University Pre
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            A Source Book in Mathematics, 1200-1800
             

            A Source Book in Mathematics, 1200-1800 (PDF ebook – Course Book)

            By Struik, Dirk Jan

            These selected mathematical writings cover the years when the foundations were laid for the theory of numbers, analytic geometry, and the calculus.Originally published in 1986.The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previous...ly out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
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            ISBN 9781400858002
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            Released NZ 14 Jul 2014
            Publisher Princeton University Pre
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            Series Princeton Legacy Library
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            Zombies and Calculus
             

            Zombies and Calculus (EPUB ebook – Course Book)

            By Adams, Colin

            A novel that uses calculus to help you survive a zombie apocalypseHow can calculus help you survive the zombie apocalypse? Colin Adams, humor columnist for the Mathematical Intelligencer and one of today's most outlandish and entertaining popular math writers, demonstrates how in... this zombie adventure novel.Zombies and Calculus is the account of Craig Williams, a math professor at a small liberal arts college in New England, who, in the middle of a calculus class, finds himself suddenly confronted by a late-arriving student whose hunger is not for knowledge. As the zombie virus spreads and civilization crumbles, Williams uses calculus to help his small band of survivors defeat the hordes of the undead. Along the way, readers learn how to avoid being eaten by taking advantage of the fact that zombies always point their tangent vector toward their target, and how to use exponential growth to determine the rate at which the virus is spreading. Williams also covers topics such as logistic growth, gravitational acceleration, predator-prey models, pursuit problems, the physics of combat, and more. With the aid of his story, you too can survive the zombie onslaught.Featuring easy-to-use appendixes that explain the book's mathematics in greater detail, Zombies and Calculus is suitable both for those who have only recently gotten the calculus bug, as well as for those whose disease has advanced to the multivariable stage.
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            ISBN 9781400852017
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            Released NZ 22 Sep 2014
            Publisher Princeton University Pre
            Interest Age 16+ years
            Series Science Essentials
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            Graphic Discovery: A Trout in the Milk and Other Visual Adventures
             

            Graphic Discovery: A Trout in the Milk and Other Visual Adventures (PDF ebook – Course Book)

            By Wainer, Howard

            Good graphs make complex problems clear. From the weather forecast to the Dow Jones average, graphs are so ubiquitous today that it is hard to imagine a world without them. This book tells a story that began in the eighteenth-century origins of the art, logic, and methods of data... display.
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            ISBN 9781400849277
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            Released NZ 24 Oct 2013
            Publisher Princeton University Pre
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            Role of Mathematics in the Rise of Science
             

            Role of Mathematics in the Rise of Science (PDF ebook – Course Book)

            By Trust, Salomon

            The central theme of these essays is the nature and role of mathematics, its growth and spread, and its involvement with ever-wider areas of knowledge. The author attempts to determine the decisive and creative aspects of the abstractness" of mathematics which have made it the do...minant intellectual force that it is. He frequently confronts the mathematics and physics of today with the mathematics and physics of the Greeks, which, however renowned, was not yet capable of this abstractness.Originally published in 1966.The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
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            ISBN 9781400852826
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            Released NZ 14 Jul 2014
            Publisher Princeton University Pre
            Interest Age 19+ years
            Series Princeton Legacy Library
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            John Napier: Life, Logarithms, and Legacy
             

            John Napier: Life, Logarithms, and Legacy (EPUB ebook – Course Book)

            By Havil, Julian

            The most comprehensive account of the mathematician's life and workJohn Napier (1550-1617) is celebrated today as the man who invented logarithms-an enormous intellectual achievement that would soon lead to the development of their mechanical equivalent in the slide rule: the two... would serve humanity as the principal means of calculation until the mid-1970s. Yet, despite Napier's pioneering efforts, his life and work have not attracted detailed modern scrutiny. John Napier is the first contemporary biography to take an in-depth look at the multiple facets of Napier's story: his privileged position as the eighth Laird of Merchiston and the son of influential Scottish landowners; his reputation as a magician who dabbled in alchemy; his interest in agriculture; his involvement with a notorious outlaw; his staunch anti-Catholic beliefs; his interactions with such peers as Henry Briggs, Johannes Kepler, and Tycho Brahe; and, most notably, his estimable mathematical legacy.Julian Havil explores Napier's original development of logarithms, the motivations for his approach, and the reasons behind certain adjustments to them. Napier's inventive mathematical ideas also include formulas for solving spherical triangles, "Napier's Bones" (a more basic but extremely popular alternative device for calculation), and the use of decimal notation for fractions and binary arithmetic. Havil also considers Napier's study of the Book of Revelation, which led to his prediction of the Apocalypse in his first book, A Plaine Discovery of the Whole Revelation of St. John-the work for which Napier believed he would be most remembered.John Napier assesses one man's life and the lasting influence of his advancements on the mathematical sciences and beyond.
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            ISBN 9781400852185
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            Released NZ 5 Oct 2014
            Publisher Princeton University Pre
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            Beautiful Geometry
             

            Beautiful Geometry (EPUB ebook – Course Book)

            By Maor, Eli; Jost, Eugen

            Tells the history of geometry. This book presents more than sixty exquisite color plates illustrating a range of geometric patterns and theorems, accompanied by brief accounts of the fascinating history and people behind each.

            ISBN 9781400848331
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            Released NZ 19 Jan 2014
            Publisher Princeton University Pre
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