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The Resource Alex through the looking-glass : how life reflects numbers and numbers reflect life, Alex Bellos ; illustrations by The Surreal McCoy

Alex through the looking-glass : how life reflects numbers and numbers reflect life, Alex Bellos ; illustrations by The Surreal McCoy

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Alex through the looking-glass : how life reflects numbers and numbers reflect life
Title
Alex through the looking-glass
Title remainder
how life reflects numbers and numbers reflect life
Statement of responsibility
Alex Bellos ; illustrations by The Surreal McCoy
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
From triangles, rotations and power laws, to fractals, cones and curves, bestselling author Alex Bellos takes you on a journey of mathematical discovery with his signature wit, engaging stories and limitless enthusiasm. As he narrates a series of eye-opening encounters with lively personalities all over the world, Alex demonstrates how numbers have come to be our friends, are fascinating and extremely accessible, and how they have changed our world. He turns even the dreaded calculus into an easy-to-grasp mathematical exposition, and sifts through over 30,000 survey submissions to reveal the world's favourite number. In Germany, he meets the engineer who designed the first roller-coaster loop, whilst in India he joins the world's highly numerate community at the International Congress of Mathematicians. He explores the wonders behind the Game of Life program, and explains mathematical logic, growth and negative numbers. Stateside, he hangs out with a private detective in Oregon and meets the mathematician who looks for universes from his garage in Illinois. Read this captivating book, and you won't realise that you're learning about complex concepts. Alex will get you hooked on maths as he delves deep into humankind's turbulent relationship with numbers, and proves just how much fun we can have with them
Cataloging source
NJB
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1969-
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Bellos, Alex
Dewey number
510
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics
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Alex through the looking-glass : how life reflects numbers and numbers reflect life, Alex Bellos ; illustrations by The Surreal McCoy
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Contents
Every number tells a story -- The long tail of the law -- Love triangles -- Coneheads -- Bring on the revolution -- All about e -- The positive power of negative thinking -- Professor calculus -- The titlk of this chapter contains three erors -- Cell mates
Control code
000052768542
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xi, 339 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781408850985
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Other physical details
illustrations (some colour)
System control number
(OCoLC)869786497
Label
Alex through the looking-glass : how life reflects numbers and numbers reflect life, Alex Bellos ; illustrations by The Surreal McCoy
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Contents
Every number tells a story -- The long tail of the law -- Love triangles -- Coneheads -- Bring on the revolution -- All about e -- The positive power of negative thinking -- Professor calculus -- The titlk of this chapter contains three erors -- Cell mates
Control code
000052768542
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xi, 339 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781408850985
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Other physical details
illustrations (some colour)
System control number
(OCoLC)869786497

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