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            Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World

            Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Parker, Matt

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            #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER AN ADAM SAVAGE BOOK CLUB PICK The book-length answer to anyone who ever put their hand up in math class and asked, When am I ever going to use this in the real world? Fun, informative, and relentlessly entertaining, Humble Pi is a charming and very rea...dable guide to some of humanity's all-time greatest miscalculations--that also gives you permission to feel a little better about some of your own mistakes. --Ryan North, author of How to Invent Everything Our whole world is built on math, from the code running a website to the equations enabling the design of skyscrapers and bridges. Most of the time this math works quietly behind the scenes . . . until it doesn't. All sorts of seemingly innocuous mathematical mistakes can have significant consequences. Math is easy to ignore until a misplaced decimal point upends the stock market, a unit conversion error causes a plane to crash, or someone divides by zero and stalls a battleship in the middle of the ocean. Exploring and explaining a litany of glitches, near misses, and mathematical mishaps involving the internet, big data, elections, street signs, lotteries, the Roman Empire, and an Olympic team, Matt Parker uncovers the bizarre ways math trips us up, and what this reveals about its essential place in our world. Getting it wrong has never been more fun.
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            ISBN 9780593084694
            Released NZ 19 Jan 2021
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age General Audience
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            What's the Use?: The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics

            What's the Use?: The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics (Hardback, Main)

            By Stewart, Professor Ian

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            A bestselling author tries to rehabillitate a much-maligned field.

            ISBN 9781781259412
            Released NZ 19 Aug 2021
            Publisher Profile Books Ltd
            Interest Age 19+ years
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            The Fractal Models Book
              

            The Fractal Models Book (Paperback)

            By Sharratt, Kenneth

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            The Fractal Models book contains a series of hands-on activities designed to introduce and explore the concept of fractals to students and the interested individual. The companion volume, the Fractal Activity book provides some associated activities.

            ISBN 9781913565206
            Released NZ 29 May 2021
            Publisher Tarquin Publications
            Interest Age Children / Young Adults
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            Slicing Pizzas, Racing Turtles, and Further Adventures in Applied Mathematics
              

            Slicing Pizzas, Racing Turtles, and Further Adventures in Applied Mathematics (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Banks, Robert B.

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            A collection of puzzles. Covering a range of fields, from geography and environmental studies to map- and flag-making, it uses basic algebra and geometry to solve problems. It is suitable for readers interested in sharpening their thinking and mathematical skills.

            ISBN 9780691154992
            Released NZ 15 Jun 2012
            Publisher Princeton University Pre
            Interest Age 14+ years
            Series Princeton Puzzlers
            Language (English)
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            Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters
             

            Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters (Hardback)

            By Pinker, Steven

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            Humans today are often portrayed as cavemen out of time, poised to react to a lion in the grass with a suite of biases, blind spots, and illusions. But cognitive scientist and rational optimist Steven Pinker argues that this cannot be the whole picture. A list of the ways in whic...h we are stupid cannot explain how we're so smart: how we discovered the laws of nature, transformed the planet, and lengthened and enriched our lives. Indeed, if humans were fundamentally irrational, how did they discover the benchmarks for rationality against which humans fall short? The topic could not be more timely. In the 21st century, humanity is reaching new heights of scientific understanding - and at the same time appears to be losing its mind. How can a species that sequenced the genome and detected the Big Bang produce so much fake news, conspiracy theories, and 'post-truth' rhetoric? Rationality explains the key tools for rational thinking, guiding the reader through the basics of logic, critical thinking, probability, correlation and causation, and helping us to make rational choices alone and with others. Rationality matters. As the world reels from foolish choices made in the past and dreads a future that may be shaped by senseless choices in the present, rationality may be the most important asset that citizens and influencers command. Steven Pinker, the great defender of human progress, having documented how the world is not falling apart, now shows how we can enhance rationality in our lives and in the public sphere. Rationality is the perfect toolkit to seize our own fates.
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            ISBN 9780241380277
            Released NZ 28 Sep 2021
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Numbers: A Very Short Introduction
             

            Numbers: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)

            By Higgins, Peter M.

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            In this Very Short Introduction Peter M. Higgins presents an overview of the number types featured in modern science and mathematics. Providing a non-technical account, he explores the evolution of the modern number system, examines the fascinating role of primes, and explains th...eir role in contemporary cryptography.
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            ISBN 9780199584055
            Released NZ 24 May 2011
            Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
            Interest Age 14+ years
            Series Very Short Introductions
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            Numb and Number: How to Avoid Being Mystified by the Mathematics of Modern Life

            Numb and Number: How to Avoid Being Mystified by the Mathematics of Modern Life (Hardback, Main)

            By Hartston, William

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            An entertaining exploration of the misuse of mathematics in our everyday lives that shows how we can combat the rising tide of misinformation.

            ISBN 9781838950842
            Released NZ 5 Jan 2021
            Publisher Atlantic Books
            Interest Age 19+ years
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            The Mathematics of Everyday Life
             

            The Mathematics of Everyday Life (Hardback)

            By Posamentier, Alfred S.; Spreitzer, Christian

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            If you think of mathematics as a series of pointless classroom exercises without much relevance to real life, this book will change your mind. As the authors show, math is deeply embedded in almost every aspect of daily life--from managing your personal finances, making consumer ...purchases, and sharpening your computational skills, to learning to apply mathematical concepts that will give you a better grasp of both ordinary and extraordinary events and help you better appreciate the world we live in. With some basic geometry under your belt, you'll discover that there is an optimal point on a soccer field from which to shoot a goal. And you'll be more clever with the gears of a bike. If you like to play cards or go to the casino, knowing something about probability will give you an edge. You'll also have an enhanced understanding of the whispering effect inside the Capitol rotunda, why a car's headlights are so bright, and even why sewer covers are round. After reading this entertaining and instructive book, you'll come away with a whole new awareness of how elegantly mathematics explains everyday experiences and observations--from present day items to classical art and architecture.
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            ISBN 9781633883871
            Released NZ 3 Dec 2018
            Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
            Interest Age General Audience
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            The History of Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction
             

            The History of Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)

            By Stedall, Jacqueline

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            In this Very Short Introduction, Jacqueline Stedall explores the rich historical and cultural diversity of mathematical endeavour from the distant past to the present day, using illustrative case studies drawn from a range of times and places; including early imperial China, the ...medieval Islamic world, and nineteenth-century Britain.
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            ISBN 9780199599684
            Released NZ 6 Mar 2012
            Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
            Interest Age 14+ years
            Series Very Short Introductions
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            Drawing Circle Images: How to Draw Artistic Symmetrical Images with a Ruler and Compass
               

            Drawing Circle Images: How to Draw Artistic Symmetrical Images with a Ruler and Compass (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Studio, Musigfi

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            From simple to complex - use a compass to draw fascinating artistic images. This book includes step-by-step instructions for all symmetries between threefold and twelvefold. Clear and precise black-and-white illustrations will guide you. The book provides ruler and compass constr...uctions that you can draw without using units of measurement for three-, four-, five-, six-, eight-, ten- and twelvefold symmetries. In addition, it gives dimensions in inches (and cm) for all images, which you can use on both A4 and A3 sheets.
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            ISBN 9789526787862
            Released NZ 2 May 2014
            Publisher Deltaspektri
            Interest Age General Audience
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