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            The Mathematics of the Gods and the Algorithms of Men: A Cultural History
             

            The Mathematics of the Gods and the Algorithms of Men: A Cultural History (Hardback)

            By Zellini, Paolo

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            • Pub Date
              5 Mar 20

            Is mathematics a discovery or an invention? Have we invented numbers or do they truly exist? What sort of reality could we attribute to them? Mathematics has always been a way of understanding and ordering the world: from sacred ancient texts and pre-Socratic philosophers to twen...tieth-century logicians such as Russell and Frege and beyond. In this masterful, elegant book, mathematician and philosopher Paolo Zellini offers a brief cultural and intellectual history of mathematics, from ancient Greece to India to our contemporary obsession with algorithms, showing how mathematical thinking is inextricably linked with philosophical, existential and religious questions - and indeed with our cosmic understanding of the world.
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            ISBN 9780241312179
            Released NZ 5 Mar 2020
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 16+ years
            Language (English)
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            The Maths Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained

            The Maths Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained (Hardback)

            By DK; Foreword by Parker, Matt

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            Discover more than 85 of the most important mathematical ideas, theorems, and proofs ever devised, and the great minds behind them, with this original, graphic-led book. Applying the Big Ideas series' trademark combination of authoritative, accessible text and bold graphics to ch...art the development of maths through history, the book explores and explains subjects that range from ancient mathematical ideas and inventions, such as prehistoric tally bones and Sumerian multiplication tables, through to the developments in mathematics during medieval and Renaissance Europe, to the rise of game and group theory more recently Tracing maths through the scientific revolution to its 21st-century use in computers, the internet, and AI, The Maths Book uses an innovative graphic-led approach to make the subject accessible to everyone.
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            ISBN 9780241350362
            Released NZ 3 Sep 2019
            Publisher Dorling Kindersley Publishers
            Interest Age Children / Young Adults
            Series Big Ideas
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            Maths on the Back of an Envelope: Clever ways to (roughly) calculate anything
              

            Maths on the Back of an Envelope: Clever ways to (roughly) calculate anything (EPUB ebook)

            By Eastaway, Rob

            'Another terrific book by Rob Eastaway' SIMON SINGH 'A delightfully accessible guide to how to play with numbers' HANNAH FRY

            ISBN 9780008324599
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            Language en
            Released NZ 19 Sep 2019
            Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
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            The Logician and the Engineer: How George Boole and Claude Shannon Created the Information Age
             

            The Logician and the Engineer: How George Boole and Claude Shannon Created the Information Age (EPUB ebook – Course Book)

            By Nahin, Paul J.

            Boolean algebra, also called Boolean logic, is at the heart of the electronic circuitry in everything we use - from our computers and cars, to our kitchen gadgets and home appliances. This title examines the history of Boole's ideas, and considers how they led to Shannon's work o...n electrical relay circuits and information theory.
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            ISBN 9781400844654
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            Released NZ 28 Oct 2012
            Publisher Princeton University Pre
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            The Weil Conjectures: On Maths and the Pursuit of the Unknown

            The Weil Conjectures: On Maths and the Pursuit of the Unknown (Hardback)

            By Olsson, Karen

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            Simone Weil: famous French philosopher, writer, political activist, mystic - and sister to Andre, one of the most influential mathematicians of the twentieth century. For Karen Olsson, who studied mathematics at Harvard only to turn to writing as a vocation, the lives and obsessi...ons of these two extraordinary siblings returned her to the intellectual passions of her youth. When Olsson got hold of the 1940 letters between Simone and Andre, she discovered that Andre's pursuit of his studies became increasingly incomprehensible to his sister, leading to Simone directly questioning him about the value of such rarefied knowledge as it applied to the lived experience. Struck by this conflict, Olsson revisits her own time at university, how she came to be consumed by mathematics, and the unexpected similarities that can be found between two seemingly opposed subjects. At the core of the book lies her curiosity about the inception of creative thought - that flash of insight - experienced by writers and mathematicians alike. A rare work of non-fiction that intricately weaves together biography, memoir, history and philosophy, and written with prose of precision and poetic lucidity, The Weil Conjectures is nothing short of a complete seduction in the art of mathematics, and the mysterious nature of scientific and creative thought.
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            ISBN 9781526607539
            Released NZ 19 Aug 2019
            Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Weird Maths: At the Edge of Infinity and Beyond

            Weird Maths: At the Edge of Infinity and Beyond (Paperback)

            By Darling, David; Banerjee, Agnijo

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            Dazzling popular maths for the curious reader...from Britain's cleverest schoolboy!

            ISBN 9781786074850
            Released NZ 3 Sep 2019
            Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
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            Count Like an Egyptian: A Hands-on Introduction to Ancient Mathematics
             

            Count Like an Egyptian: A Hands-on Introduction to Ancient Mathematics (EPUB ebook – Course Book)

            By Reimer, David

            The mathematics of ancient Egypt was fundamentally different from our math today. Contrary to what people might think, it wasn't a primitive forerunner of modern mathematics. This title provides an introduction to the intuitive and often-surprising art of ancient Egyptian math.

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            Released NZ 11 May 2014
            Publisher Princeton University Pre
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            Tales of Impossibility: The 2000-Year Quest to Solve the Mathematical Problems of Antiquity

            Tales of Impossibility: The 2000-Year Quest to Solve the Mathematical Problems of Antiquity (Hardback)

            By Richeson, David S.

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            A comprehensive look at four of the most famous problems in mathematics Tales of Impossibility recounts the intriguing story of the so-called problems of antiquity, four of the most famous and studied questions in the history of mathematics. First posed by the ancient Greeks, the...se compass and straightedge problems-squaring the circle, trisecting an angle, doubling the cube, and inscribing regular polygons in a circle-have served as ever-present muses for mathematicians for more than two millennia. David Richeson follows the trail of these problems to show that ultimately, their proofs-demonstrating the impossibility of solving them using only a compass and straightedge-depended upon and resulted in the growth of mathematics. Richeson explores how celebrated luminaries, including Euclid, Archimedes, Viete, Descartes, Newton, and Gauss labored to understand the problems of antiquity, and how many major mathematical discoveries were related to these explorations. Though the problems were based in geometry, their resolutions were not, and had to wait until the nineteenth century, when mathematicians had developed the theory of real and complex numbers, analytic geometry, algebra, and calculus. A little-known mathematician named Pierre Wantzel and Ferdinand von Lindemann, through his work on , finally determined the problems were impossible to solve. Along the way, Richeson provides entertaining anecdotes connected to the problems, such as how the Indiana legislature passed a bill setting an incorrect value for , and how Leonardo da Vinci made elegant contributions to the puzzles. Taking readers from the classical period to the present, Tales of Impossibility demonstrates how four unsolvable problems captivated mathematical thinking for centuries.
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            ISBN 9780691192963
            Released NZ 15 Oct 2019
            Publisher Princeton University Pre
            Interest Age 16+ years
            Language (English)
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            Maths on the Back of an Envelope: Clever Ways to (Roughly) Calculate Anything

            Maths on the Back of an Envelope: Clever Ways to (Roughly) Calculate Anything (Hardback)

            By Eastaway, Rob

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            Does that statistic make sense? How much will this round of drinks come to? And what are the chances of winning the lottery? Twice? Learn how to do complex maths with nothing but the back of an envelope, a pencil and some good old-fashioned brain power.

            ISBN 9780008324582
            Released NZ 2 Sep 2019
            Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
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            Do Dice Play God?: The Mathematics of Uncertainty

            Do Dice Play God?: The Mathematics of Uncertainty (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Stewart, Professor Ian

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            Uncertainty is everywhere. It lurks in every consideration of the future - the weather, the economy, the sex of an unborn child - even quantities we think that we know such as populations or the transit of the planets contain the possibility of error. It's no wonder that, through...out that history, we have attempted to produce rigidly defined areas of uncertainty - we prefer the surprise party to the surprise asteroid. We began our quest to make certain an uncertain world by reading omens in livers, tea leaves, and the stars. However, over the centuries, driven by curiosity, competition, and a desire be better gamblers, pioneering mathematicians and scientists began to reduce wild uncertainties to tame distributions of probability and statistical inferences. But, even as unknown unknowns became known unknowns, our pessimism made us believe that some problems were unsolvable and our intuition misled us. Worse, as we realized how omnipresent and varied uncertainty is, we encountered chaos, quantum mechanics, and the limitations of our predictive power. Bestselling author Professor Ian Stewart explores the history and mathematics of uncertainty. Touching on gambling, probability, statistics, financial and weather forecasts, censuses, medical studies, chaos, quantum physics, and climate, he makes one thing clear: a reasonable probability is the only certainty.
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            ISBN 9781788162289
            Released NZ 1 Jul 2019
            Publisher Profile Books Ltd
            Interest Age 19+ years
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