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50 Visions of Mathematics [Kindle Edition]

Dara O'Briain , Sam Parc
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Motorways; Sherlock Holmes; networks; mysterious numbers; sweets; champagne; interviews; mathematical poetry; ravens and even (Alan Stevens, Mathematics Today)

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Relax: no one understands technical mathematics without lengthy training but we all have an intuitive grasp of the ideas behind the symbols. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), this book is designed to showcase the beauty of mathematics - including images inspired by mathematical problems - together with its unreasonable effectiveness and applicability, without frying your brain.

The book is a collection of 50 original essays contributed by a wide variety of authors. It contains articles by some of the best expositors of the subject (du Sautoy, Singh and Stewart for example) together with entertaining biographical pieces and articles of relevance to our everyday lives (such as Spiegelhalter on risk and Elwes on medical imaging). The topics covered are deliberately diverse and involve concepts from simple numerology to the very cutting edge of mathematics research. Each
article is designed to be read in one sitting and to be accessible to a general audience.

There is also other content. There are 50 pictorial 'visions of mathematics' which were supplied in response to an open call for contributions from IMA members, Plus readers and the worldwide mathematics community. You'll also find a series of <"proofs>" of Phythagoras's Theorem - mathematical, literary and comedy - after this, you'll never think of Pythagoras the same way again.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 13136 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (1 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JSRY88Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #288,046 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful book 8 Jan. 2015
Format:Hardcover
Over the summer I had the opportunity to read this splendid book from cover to cover. I
think the balance of the serious and the humorous is excellent. Of course, this is an ideal book to give someone studying mathematics at university or even at school but the appeal is much broader than this. Every article is short and in its own way a gem. Anyone who doubts the ubiquity of mathematics should certainly be encouraged to read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 17 May 2014
By Shelly Humble - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Great gift idea for anyone in the family with any interest science, very informative and creative ideas, great read for anyone
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1.0 out of 5 stars Husband loves his book. But pages 71-86 were bound ... 28 Dec. 2014
By Mary D. Haper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Husband loves his book. But pages 71-86 were bound upside down. Well, we'll see if the book company sees this and sends a fixed copy or at least checks his stock and his binding machine operations.
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