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Strange Curves, Counting Rabbits, & Other Mathematical Explorations
  

Strange Curves, Counting Rabbits, & Other Mathematical Explorations (EPUB ebook – Course Book)

By Ball, Keith

How does mathematics enable us to send pictures from space back to Earth? Where does the bell-shaped curve come from? Why do you need only 23 people in a room for a 50/50 chance of two of them sharing the same birthday? In Strange Curves, Counting Rabbits, and Other Mathematical ...Explorations, Keith Ball highlights how ideas, mostly from pure math, can answer these questions and many more. Drawing on areas of mathematics from probability theory, number theory, and geometry, he explores a wide range of concepts, some more light-hearted, others central to the development of the field and used daily by mathematicians, physicists, and engineers. Each of the book's ten chapters begins by outlining key concepts and goes on to discuss, with the minimum of technical detail, the principles that underlie them. Each includes puzzles and problems of varying difficulty. While the chapters are self-contained, they also reveal the links between seemingly unrelated topics. For example, the problem of how to design codes for satellite communication gives rise to the same idea of uncertainty as the problem of screening blood samples for disease. Accessible to anyone familiar with basic calculus, this book is a treasure trove of ideas that will entertain, amuse, and bemuse students, teachers, and math lovers of all ages.
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ISBN 9781400841240
Published 16 Oct 2011
Publisher Princeton University Pre
Available in EPUB format
Software Read in Browser or Adobe Ebook Compatible Device
Language en

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ISBN-13 9781400841240
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Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher unlisted
Imprint Princeton University Press
Released 16 Oct 2011
Publication Country United States United States
Format EPUB ebook – Course Book
Edition Course Book
Author(s) By Ball, Keith
Category Non-Fiction (Child / Teen)
Award Winning
Mathematics
Algebra: Lattice Theory
Probability & Statistics
Applied Mathematics
Popular Science
Award Winning Adult's Titles
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Not specified
Dewey Code 510
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Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly

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