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The Resource Alex's adventures in Numberland : everything you need to know about simple math, Alex Bellos ; illustrations by Andy Riley

Alex's adventures in Numberland : everything you need to know about simple math, Alex Bellos ; illustrations by Andy Riley

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Alex's adventures in Numberland : everything you need to know about simple math
Title
Alex's adventures in Numberland
Title remainder
everything you need to know about simple math
Statement of responsibility
Alex Bellos ; illustrations by Andy Riley
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Language
eng
Summary
Explodes the myth that maths is best left to the geeks. Covering subjects from adding to algebra, from set theory to statistics, and from logarithms to logical paradoxes, this title explains how mathematical ideas underpin just about everything in our lives. It also explains the strategy of how best to gamble in a casino.; In this richly entertaining and accessible book, Alex Bellos explodes the myth that maths is best left to the geeks. Covering subjects from adding to algebra, from set theory to statistics, and from logarithms to logical paradoxes, he explains how mathematical ideas underpin just about everything in our lives. Alex explains the surprising geometry of the 50p piece, and the strategy of how best to gamble it in a casino. He shines a light on the mathematical patterns in nature, and on the peculiar predictability of random behavior. He eats a potato crisp whose revolutionary shape was unpalatable to the ancient Greeks, and he shows the deep connections between maths, religion and philosophy. Alex weaves a journey from primary school to university level maths, from ancient history to the computing frontline, and from St Louis, Missouri, to Braintree, Essex. He meets the world's fastest mental calculators in Germany, consults a numerologist in the US desert, meets a startlingly numerate chimpanzee in Japan, and seeks advice from a venerable Hindu sage in India. An unlikely but exhilarating cocktail of history, reportage and mathematical proofs, Alex's dispatches from 'Numberland' show the world of maths to be a much friendlier and more colourful place than you might have imagined
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QBCL
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1969-
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Bellos, Alex
Dewey number
510
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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Riley, Andy
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  • Mathematics
  • Algebra
  • Set theory
  • Arithmetic
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Alex's adventures in Numberland : everything you need to know about simple math, Alex Bellos ; illustrations by Andy Riley
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Publication
Note
Cover subtitle: Dispatches from the wonderful world of mathematics
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
000045555130
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
448 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9781408808863
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), ports.
System control number
(OCoLC)613186698
Label
Alex's adventures in Numberland : everything you need to know about simple math, Alex Bellos ; illustrations by Andy Riley
Publication
Note
Cover subtitle: Dispatches from the wonderful world of mathematics
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
000045555130
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
448 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9781408808863
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), ports.
System control number
(OCoLC)613186698

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