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How not to be wrong : the hidden maths of everyday life, Jordan Ellenberg

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How not to be wrong : the hidden maths of everyday life
Title
How not to be wrong
Title remainder
the hidden maths of everyday life
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Jordan Ellenberg
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Power of mathematical thinking
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Language
eng
Summary
The maths we learn in school can seem like an abstract set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. In fact, Jordan Ellenberg shows us, maths touches on everything we do, and a little mathematical knowledge reveals the hidden structures that lie beneath the world's messy and chaotic surface. In How Not to be Wrong, Ellenberg explores the mathematician's method of analyzing life, from the everyday to the cosmic, showing us which numbers to defend, which ones to ignore, and when to change the equation entirely. Along the way, he explains calculus in a single page, describes Godel's theorem using only one-syllable words, and reveals how early you actually need to get to the airport
Summary
In How Not to Be Wrong, Jordan Ellenberg shows us that math isn't confined to abstract incidents that never occur in real life, but rather touches everything we do -- the whole world is shot through with it. Math allows us to see the hidden structures underneath the messy and chaotic surface of our world. It's a science of not being wrong, hammered out by centuries of hard work and argument. Armed with the tools of mathematics, we can see through to the true meaning of information we take for granted: How early should you get to the airport? What does "public opinion" really represent? Why do tall parents have shorter children? Who really won Florida in 2000? And how likely are you, really, to develop cancer? How Not to Be Wrong presents the surprising revelations behind all of these questions and many more, using the mathematician's method of analyzing life and exposing the hard-won insights of the academic community to the layman--minus the jargon. Ellenberg pulls from history as well as from the latest theoretical developments to provide those not trained in math with the knowledge they need
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10313086
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DLC
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1971-
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Ellenberg, Jordan
Dewey number
520
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Mathematical analysis
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics
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adult
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the power of mathematical thinking
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How not to be wrong : the hidden maths of everyday life, Jordan Ellenberg
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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Contents
Machine generated contents note: pt. I Linearity -- One.Less Like Sweden -- Two.Straight Locally, Curved Globally -- Three.Everyone Is Obese -- Four.How Much Is That In Dead Americans? -- Five.More Pie Than Plate -- pt. II Inference -- Six.The Baltimore Stockbroker and the Bible Code -- Seven.Dead Fish Don't Read Minds -- Eight.Reductio Ad Unlikely -- Nine.The International Journal of Haruspicy -- Ten.Are You There, God? It's Me, Bayesian Inference -- pt. III Expectation -- Eleven.What to Expect When You're Expecting to Win the Lottery -- Twelve.Miss More Planes! -- Thirteen.Where the Train Tracks Meet -- pt. IV Regression -- Fourteen.The Triumph of Mediocrity -- Fifteen.Galton's Ellipse -- Sixteen.Does Lung Cancer Make You Smoke Cigarettes? -- pt. V Existence -- Seventeen.There Is No Such Thing As Public Opinion -- Eighteen.<U+0027>(3z<U+0027>(Br; Out of Nothing I Have Created A Strange New Universe<U+0027>(S3<U+0027>(Br;
Control code
000052980783
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
468 pages
Isbn
9781846146787
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(hardback)
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illustrations, map
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How not to be wrong : the hidden maths of everyday life, Jordan Ellenberg
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • cartographic image
  • text
  • still image
Contents
Machine generated contents note: pt. I Linearity -- One.Less Like Sweden -- Two.Straight Locally, Curved Globally -- Three.Everyone Is Obese -- Four.How Much Is That In Dead Americans? -- Five.More Pie Than Plate -- pt. II Inference -- Six.The Baltimore Stockbroker and the Bible Code -- Seven.Dead Fish Don't Read Minds -- Eight.Reductio Ad Unlikely -- Nine.The International Journal of Haruspicy -- Ten.Are You There, God? It's Me, Bayesian Inference -- pt. III Expectation -- Eleven.What to Expect When You're Expecting to Win the Lottery -- Twelve.Miss More Planes! -- Thirteen.Where the Train Tracks Meet -- pt. IV Regression -- Fourteen.The Triumph of Mediocrity -- Fifteen.Galton's Ellipse -- Sixteen.Does Lung Cancer Make You Smoke Cigarettes? -- pt. V Existence -- Seventeen.There Is No Such Thing As Public Opinion -- Eighteen.<U+0027>(3z<U+0027>(Br; Out of Nothing I Have Created A Strange New Universe<U+0027>(S3<U+0027>(Br;
Control code
000052980783
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
468 pages
Isbn
9781846146787
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Other physical details
illustrations, map

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