Who invented zero? Why 60 seconds in a minute? How big is infinity? Where do parallel lines meet? And can a butterfly's wings really cause a storm on the far side of the world? In 50 Mathematical Ideas You Really Need to Know, Professor Tony Crilly explains in 50 clear and concise essays the mathematical concepts - ancient and modern, theoretical and practical, everyday and esoteric - that allow us to understand and shape the world around us. Beginning with zero itself and concluding with the last great unsolved problem, 50 Ideas: Introduces the origins of mathematics, from Egyptian fractions to Roman numerals; Explains the near-mystical significance of pi and primes, Fibonacci numbers and the golden ratio; Tells you the things they didn't at school - what calculus, statistics and algebra can actually do, and the very real uses of imaginary numbers; Illuminates the Big Ideas of relativity, chaos theory, fractals, genetics and hyperspace; Reveals the unspoken reasoning behind Sudoku and code cracking, lotteries and gambling, money management and compound interest; Explores the latest mind-shattering developments, including the solving of Fermat's last theorem and the million-dollar question of the Riemann hypothesis. Packed with diagrams, examples and anecdotes, 50 Mathematical Ideas is the perfect overview of this often daunting but always essential subject. For once, mathematics couldn't be simpler.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Tony Crilly is Reader in Mathematical Sciences at Middlesex University, having previously taught at the University of Michigan, the City University in Hong Kong, and the Open University. His principal research interest is the history of mathematics, and he has written and edited many works on fractals, chaos and computing. He is the author of the acclaimed biography of the English mathematician Arthur Cayley.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Good book if you have studied maths at a reasonably high levelPublished 8 months ago by silverscouser
Nothing too much to fry the neutrons, but well written, accessible and an enjoyable read. It is a text that I will re-read and dip into from time to time. Would recommend.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Superb overview of a wide variety of (sometimes surprising) mathematical ideas. Quite readable by a non specialist or expert alike.Published 15 months ago by Mrs H Hood
Very good and worth the money for kindle edition. There are more in this series and I will give them a look over to.Published 17 months ago by Philipoos
able to be dipped in to though a good introduction to mathematics development throughout history. It does need some background knowledge.Published 20 months ago by Barry Johnson
But it was good holiday reading! Reminded me of things that I'd forgotten and introduced me to things I never knew I needed to know!Published 24 months ago by Mark