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How to Build a Brain: And 34 other really interesting uses of mathematics Hardcover – 31 Mar 2011

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (31 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849164800
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849164801
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 22.4 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 816,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Is it possible to outrun a speeding bullet? How do you slow time? Can you be alive and dead at the same time? If you thought mathematics was all about measuring angles in a triangle or factorizing equations, think again. In a series of intriguing, entertaining and often extraordinary scenarios How to Build a Brain brings to life 35 key maths ideas in a way that anyone can understand. Each bite-size chapter lays out the basics of some of the world's important mathematical ideas, including tricky concepts like irrational numbers, chaos theory, infinity and why greengrocers always stack their oranges like that. Whether you want to get to grips with the great questions of number theory and geometry, the mysteries of prime numbers or Fermat's last theorem, or just make a million on the stock market, this is the perfect introduction to the fascinating world of modern mathematics.

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The most entertaining and extraordinary guide to modern maths. How to unleash chaos; How to survive a whirlpool; How to make a million on the stock market; How to outrun a speeding bullet; How to solve every equation there has ever been; How to slay a mathematical monster; How to excel at Sudoku; How to solve the Da Vinci code; How to admire a mathematical masterpiece; How to count like a supercomputer; How to visit a hundred cities in one day; How to arrange the perfect dinner party; How to paint the world in four colours; How to be alive and dead at the same time; How to draw an impossible triangle; How to unknot your DNA; How to find holes in the Universe; How to feel at home in five dimensions; How to design a beautiful pattern; How to build the perfect beehive; How to detect fraud; How to create an unbreakable code; How to avoid prison; How to mislead a jury; How to slow time; How to win at roulette; How to have beautiful children; How to talk to a computer; How to become a celebrity mathematician; How to square a circle; How to win the ultimate maths prize; How to count to infinity; How to build a brain; How to bring down the internet; How to ask an unanswerable question.

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