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The Grapes of Math: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life

Alex Bellos ; illustrations by the Surreal McCoy
Format
Book
Published
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Language
English
ISBN
9781451640090, 1451640099, 9781451640113, 1451640110, 9781451640120 (ebook)
Summary
"From the bestselling author of Here's Looking at Euclid, a dazzling new book that turns even the most complex math into a brilliantly entertaining narrative. From triangles, rotations and power laws, to cones, curves and the dreaded calculus, Alex takes you on a journey of mathematical discovery with his signature wit and limitless enthusiasm. He sifts through over 30,000 survey submissions to uncover the world's favourite number, and meets a mathematician who looks for universes in his garage. He attends the World Mathematical Congress in India, and visits the engineer who designed the first roller-coaster loop. Get hooked on math as Alex delves deep into humankind's turbulent relationship with numbers, and reveals how they have shaped the world we live in"--
Description
xiii, 337 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 304-322) and index.
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