The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Mathematics, from One to Infinity Paperback – 6 Mar 2014
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The format works brilliantly because The Joy of X's bite-size chapters can be read, chewed over and digested independently... Strogatz exhibits a journalistic eye for startling facts and memorable illustrations... the perfect maths lesson: lucid, illuminating and short Daily Telegraph For those who feel insecure with symbols and formulae, the books is delightfully wordy... [it] offer[s] gloriously simple proof of Pythagoras' Theorem Daily Express
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"Delightful . . . easily digestible chapters include plenty of helpful examples and illustrations. You'll never forget the Pythagorean theorem again!" "Scientific American"
Many people take math in high school and promptly forget much of it. But math plays a part in all of our lives all of the time, whether we know it or not. In "The Joy of x," Steven Strogatz expands on his hit "New York Times" series to explain the big ideas of math gently and clearly, with wit, insight, and brilliant illustrations.
Whether he is illuminating how often you should flip your mattress to get the maximum lifespan from it, explaining just how Google searches the internet, or determining how many people you should date before settling down, Strogatz shows how math connects to every aspect of life. Discussing pop culture, medicine, law, philosophy, art, and business, Strogatz is the math teacher you wish you d had. Whether you aced integral calculus or aren t sure what an integer is, you ll find profound wisdom and persistent delight in "The Joy of x."
A delightful exploration of the beauty and fun of mathematics, in the best tradition of Lewis Carroll, George Gamow, and Martin Gardner. "The Joy of x" will entertain you, amaze you, and make you smarter. Steven Pinker, author of "How the Mind Works"
Steven Strogatz should do for math what Julia Child did for cookery. He shows that this stuff really matters, and he shows that it can nourish us. James Gleick, author of "The Information and Chaos"
[AU PHOTO] STEVEN STROGATZ is a professor of applied mathematics at Cornell University. A renowned teacher and one of the world s most highly cited mathematicians, he has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio s RadioLab. He is the author of Sync and The Calculus of Friendship, and the recipient of a lifetime achievement award for math communication.
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His style is relaxed and chatty, but one never doubts that he knows his subject. Even where it is not his specialisation (e.g. Probability Theory), he has the good grace to admit it. The book requires little knowledge of maths beyond a reasonable grade at GCSE in order to follow along the author's explanations of why things are the way they are in maths. This is the great differentiator of this book; it is not in any way intended as a text book on maths and anyone seeking to review their knowledge of maths in depth will need to go elsewhere. The Appendix offers some more in-depth explanation of some of the more challenging concepts or ideas, at the same time its entries include a host of bibliographical information for anyone wanting to read up on a particular topic in more depth. Hence the book provides a complementary read that explains the history and/or the purpose behind certain mathematical concepts, which marries well with the more standard explanations found in textbooks on the subjects.Read more ›
And it turned out to be good; very, very good. I really recommend it to anyone with an interest in mathematics. It's knowledgeable and fun. Yes, it does talk about the Babylonians and Hilbert's Hotel, but I suppose in a book subtitled 'A guided tour of mathematics from one to infinity', they were bound to crop up! But where this book really wins is that it doesn't try to cover everything and succeed in actually covering very little.
Steven Strogatz is the Schurman Professor of applied mathematics at Cornell University, and (according to the blurb) is one of the world's mostly highly cited mathematicians. This could be a guarantee of uninspired writing BUT it certainly isn't in this case.Read more ›
Pity maths teachers were the way they were when I was at school, when math was something to be dreaded for the fear of falling asleep and being woken with a clip round the ear - literally in those days!
It helps to know WHY something is done the way it is and, more interestingly, HOW the method came about in one of those "Jeez, how obvious!" moments that no one but the occasional genius has.
This book starts at the very beginning explaining each step clearly & amusingly. After reading it I have at last gained an intuitive undersatnding of how & why maths works.
This should be come a standard textbook for every student & a go to 1st for all enthusiasts.
Thank you Prof Strogatz.
The author covers a very long list of topics in a very intuitive pleasant way.
At the end you have a gut feeling of things like uniform convergence and topological spaces - and then you can dive in more mathematical books with a good intuition of what this stuff is good for!
My only gripe is it felt too short and some chapters are too small and I would have liked more detail. This is a very high level high speed tour of mathematics.
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Prompt delivery, as always from amazon. Book is amazingly interesting. Would reccomend this to everyone, it explains even the simple most things in a new interesting way. 5/5Published 16 days ago by SamGamble
Maths books are boring right? Not this one! All the bases are touched, not in great depth but enough to explain the principle and to whet the appetite. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kindle Customer
If you are not mathematically orientated this book will make you appreciate mathematics that little bit more, It is well written, fun and interesting.Published 20 months ago by Richard Parsons
Fun book, but I asked her for the Joy of Sex but she is hard of hearing.Published 20 months ago by Shaggy Dog
Not an A to Z of this huge topic, but a very stimulating overview of key principles which are brought to life through the use of very accessible examples. Highly recommendedPublished 21 months ago by Louis