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Maths in Minutes: 200 Key Concepts Explained in an Instant
 
 

Maths in Minutes: 200 Key Concepts Explained in an Instant [Kindle Edition]

Paul Glendinning
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Both simple and accessible, Maths in Minutes is a visually led introduction to 200 key mathematical ideas. Each concept is quick and easy to remember, described by means of an easy-to-understand picture and a maximum 200-word explanation. Concepts span all of the key areas of mathematics, including Fundamentals of Mathematics, Sets and Numbers, Geometry, Equations, Limits, Functions and Calculus, Vectors and Algebra, Complex Numbers, Combinatorics, Number Theory, Metrics and Measures and Topology.

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Both simple and accessible, Maths in Minutes is a visually led introduction to 200 key mathematical concepts. Each idea is made incredibly quick to remember and easy to understand, illustrated by means of a straightforward picture and a maximum 200-word explanation. Concepts span all of the key areas of mathematics, including Euclid's Algorithm, Hilbert's Hotel, the Axiom of Choice, Probability, Sequences and Series, Zeno's Paradox, Penrose Tilings, Vectors and Matrices, Groups, Rings and Fields, Chaos Theory, Metric Spaces, Fractals, Topology and Fermat's Last Theorem.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10848 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (1 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0074VPLFC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,113 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maths in Minutes for Kindle 28 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Excellent book summarising maths principles; I'm an old guy, wishing to refresh my understanding, and it has been ideal for that.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 2 Jun 2013
Format:Paperback
I saw a copy of this book in a bookshop and looked through it expecting to be amused by an attempt to describe so many mathematical concepts in such a small volume. (I did a degree in Maths 50 years ago, but have used it very little since). Instead of being amused, I was seriously impressed by the book's ability to summarize topics and remain understandable. I have bought the book in order to help me revive my rusty memory. The price is an extra reason to commend it.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
By JW
Format:Paperback
Firstly, I came to this book with very little knowledge of mathematics other than the high school math I finished around eight years ago. However, I have a general interest in some of the abstract mathematical ideas, and I was also keen to expand on my knowledge for the master's degree I'm currently doing in which a little bit of math knowledge would be beneficial (although not a requirement). Given this, I didn't always find the book easy to understand, especially pages ~200 to ~300 (calculus, vectors, matrices, abstract algebra, and complex numbers), but I did find it pleasurable and quite addictive, nevertheless.

I really liked the format of the book: each of the 200 concepts is described on two pages - the first page giving a written description and the second page showing some relevant graphic or picture. There are a few slight deviations from this format where the written description spans two pages, but the general approach of the book is to describe the main properties of each concept in around 200 words. This makes the book very easy to read in short bursts. The converse of this approach is that each concept is dealt with pretty superficially, but for me personally this was not a bad thing.

Although superficial, the book didn't feel dumbed down - it doesn't shy away from using formulae, for example - and I imagine the more advanced reader might also find the book useful for recapping and seeing the connections between disparate mathematical ideas.

Although I can't really comment on the quality of the mathematics, I felt the quality of the book deserved a 5-star rating. I also think the price is very reasonable too. The only fault I can find is that some of it was a bit hard to understand, but this is probably more my weakness than the book's. Given that I enjoyed this one, I think I'll probably also buy the other two titles in the range, Science in Seconds and Big Ideas in Brief.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great math book for those that like math 20 Oct 2012
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This book doesn't teach you math, there are no exercises to try, but it beautifully explains as many concepts as I can recall and many I didn't know about on a single small page. The book is half size and easy to carry, great to get out and read a couple of pages on the train. Though it says math in minutes - that is true - it takes minutes to read - you might want to ponder a while each page and think a bit more.
Great little book - but I do still like math
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars None 12 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
A disappointment. Whilst efforts to introduce subjects such as maths to a wider audience in a brief and undaunting manner is an excellent dea, I thought that this was far far too brief. There are no takeaways! This is barely more than a contents page. I would far rather cover less but in slightly more detail - enough to want to find out more. I found "Alex in Numberland" by Alex Bessos managed that balance far better and I felt I actually learnt something.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't do what it says on the tin! 13 Jan 2014
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Having loved maths at school 50 years ago, I thought I'd enjoy a refresher course in topics like calculus and differential equations, just to keep the old brain ticking over, but sadly this didn't do it for me. My overall impression was of a book written by a mathematician rather than a linguist - the explanations were not clear, and frequently explained topics using terms which were themselves not explained. in summary, a book for someone who already knows the subject!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb piece of compression 17 Oct 2013
By Dr. Nicholas P. G. Davies TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is an excellent little book. It's one of those gems produced by someone who really understands a field of knowledge and who can choose well how to present its key ideas.

I read as a reminder of much maths I had learned at school, but not been able to pursue beyond it. All the basic maths is in there- but the book hints at how much more there is behind it. What is amazing is how very simple starting points allow for so much discovery and implication.

The unity of mathematics is well described- the fact that constants such as pi and e are the same whichever way you encounter them is emphasised. The book is excellent at emphasising the coherence the mathematics, and at showing how the sub-specialities are easily absorbed within the whole.

I suspect this book would be most useful to A level and university students of maths and related subjects- either as revision or as inspiration.

The compression factor in the book is huge, and whilst this is good for clarity, and overview, there's a price in lack of space to show you exactly how to make these calculations and arguments, and in terms of full explanation of the implications of the mathematical theorems presented.

Overall however this book achieves what it sets out to achieve, and can be freely recommended to others who want to know something quickly about mathematics.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought I knew Maths
All the theories and explanations in a nutshell. I now realise what I have forgotten or never learnt. Great book for grandparents helping with homework and studies
Published 1 month ago by Highfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book, superb introduction to complex topics
This book is just fantastic.

I bought the book as a way to explain to my children that there is more to maths than just sums & algebra and to try to encourage them to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Bowes
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves a place on the bookshelf of all mathematics students.
I came across this book by accident when I was looking for novels written by Victoria Glendinning. It turns out that the author of this book (Prof Paul Glendinning) is her... Read more
Published 1 month ago by talmine
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent summary of "the whole of maths" as far as most people need...
Like the other "Things in Short Times" books, Maths in Minutes is a great sum-up of major mathematical areas (which seem to be the same as the principal areas of maths in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chris Worth
3.0 out of 5 stars Overview
Thought that there would be some practical problems to practice out the Laws that this book explains. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Darragh Coyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, concise read
A great way to view a top-level summary of important concepts in Maths. Clearly written and well laid out. A very useful book for reference.
Published 3 months ago by Richard Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Maths overiew
A good little book to give you a quick reminder, to jog your memory of key mathematic concepts and equations.
Published 3 months ago by D. KERR
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential reference, for the mathematically inclined, and not...
Paul Glendinning is a mathematics professor at the University of Manchester. As he says in his introduction: "Only a lunatic would pretend that all mathematics could be presented... Read more
Published 4 months ago by John P. Jones III
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good refresher.
I enjoyed this book having had an interest in maths for many years.
Just enough content on each topic to refresh my knowledge and prompt me to further research where... Read more
Published 5 months ago by SteveB.
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review
Looking to study higher maths soon, needed a refresher, this book has done the job beautifully, easy to understand and well laid out
Published 5 months ago by john
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