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Mathematics and the Imagination

Mathematics and the Imagination (EPUB ebook)

By Kasner, Edward
By Newman, James

You don't have to love math to enjoy a hand of cards, a night at the casino, or a puzzle. But your pleasure and prowess at games, gambling, and other numerically related pursuits can be heightened with this entertaining volume, in which the authors offer a fascinating view of som...e of the lesser-known and more imaginative aspects of mathematics. A brief and breezy explanation of the new language of mathematics precedes a smorgasbord of such thought-provoking subjects as the googolplex (the largest definite number anyone has yet bothered to conceive of); assorted geometries - plane and fancy; famous puzzles that made mathematical history; and tantalizing paradoxes. Gamblers receive fair warning on the laws of chance; a look at rubber-sheet geometry twists circles into loops without sacrificing certain important properties; and an exploration of the mathematics of change and growth shows how calculus, among its other uses, helps trace the path of falling bombs. Written with wit and clarity for the intelligent reader who has taken high school and perhaps college math, this volume deftly progresses from simple arithmetic to calculus and non-Euclidean geometry. It "lives up to its title in every way [and] might well have been merely terrifying, whereas it proves to be both charming and exciting." - Saturday Review of Literature.
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ISBN 9780486320274
Published 25 Mar 2013
Publisher Dover Publications Inc.
Available in EPUB format
Software Read in Browser or Adobe Ebook Compatible Device
Language en
Series Dover Books on Mathematics

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ISBN-13 9780486320274
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher Dover Publications Inc.
Imprint Dover Publications
Released 25 Mar 2013
Publication Country United States United States
Format EPUB ebook
Author(s) By Kasner, Edward
By Newman, James
Series Dover Books on Mathematics
Category Mathematics
Mathematical Logic
Science: General Issues
Puzzles & Quizzes
Number of Pages 400
Dimensions Not specified
Dewey Code 510
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
NBS Text Mathematics
ONIX Text General/trade