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Mathematics With Love: The Courtship Correspondence of Barnes Wallis, Inventor of the Bouncing Bomb (Macmillan Science) Hardcover – 1 Jan 2005

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  • Hardcover: 363 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; 1st edition (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403944989
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403944986
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 3.7 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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'In place of poetry and roses, engineer Barnes Wallis wooed his lady-love with trigonometry and calculus - and won her heart. A charming and unique correspondence from the human side of mathematics.'- Professor Ian Stewart, author of Math Hysteria and Flatterland

'What a lovely book, reminiscent of Nevile Shute's novels. The mixture of maths and suppressed emotion is warm, touching and rather improbable. Here we meet neither the lovable bumbling genius of Paul Brickhill's book The Dam Busters and Michael Redgrave's portrayal in the film, nor the stubborn and difficult man that Wallis could be at the drawing board, but a third man, a shy, loving teacher prepared to go to tremendous lengths for the girl he falls in love with.' - Adam Hart-Davis, author of What the Past Did for Us

'The surprise hit of the year so far! I approached this book with trepidation, but found it absolutely delightful...I don't know why this book is so effective. It really shouldn't be. No really. But it is.' - Brian Clegg, author of Infinity

'This delightful book is...a story with many different attractions: the careful depiction of English life in the 1920s; the slowly developing romance between two contrasting but complementary people; the sweet naivete, to our ears, of their writing; and the quality of the mathematics teaching. It must be a unique courtship and one which deeply unites intellect and feeling.' - New Humanist

'a fascinating episode in the life of a most unusual man...this biography is a fitting tribute to a man to whom our country, and indeed the world, owes a great deal.' - Sir Patrick Moore, Times Higher Education Supplement

'A lovely, charming book, skilfully and unobtrusively narrated.' - The Mathematical Gazette

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How a British war hero used mathematics to woo and win the girl

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