Alex's Adventures in Numberland: Dispatches from the Wonderful World of Mathematics

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Alex's Adventures in Numberland: Dispatches from the Wonderful World of Mathematics

Alex's Adventures in Numberland: Dispatches from the Wonderful World of Mathematics

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Well, as amply demonstrated by Bellos, everything that is ever done in mathematics, be it silly games or idle curiosity, everything has been put to some use and had contributed to the progress of humanity. He used a mnemonic technique, assigning syllables to each number from 0 to 9 and then translating pi's decimals into words, which in turn formed sentences.Instead, he effortlessly reveals the truth of just how fascinating, how human, how intensely interesting this subject (and its history) really is. But for Alex Bellos math can be inspiring and brilliantly creative and he proves it in this book that can be read easily by most non-geeks. Mathematical ideas underpin just about everything in our lives: from the surprising geometry of the 50p piece to how probability can help you win in any casino. In December 2009, the record for determining the digital expansion of pi was broken, and now stands at 2.

Chapters 0 tells how numbers emerged, evolving from a means of counting items necessary for survival to wholly counter-intuitive abstract concepts. The latter is no doubt core to the book's strengths, because Bellos brings a hobbyists's enthusiasm along with a sympathy for the semi-literacy most of us bring to the maths.org In addition to cataloging number sequences, there is a tool for converting the sequence into musical notes. All the people in this book have been treated as creative artists and their work has been explored with childlike wonder. At this point, the book also irritated my psoriasis, as it reminded me of two of my education failures: (1) the slide rule; and (2) logarithms. But I'm happy to say that this rare foray into the realm of written reality scored on both fronts: (1) it reported pretty much indisputably factual information with only the odd conjecturable opinion; and (2) it was very well written. In this sense, maths is a more ancient and fixed base for knowledge than science, which is continually improved and changed in light of new evidence.

Some of the expeditions have led to scientific insights about the world around us (the universe might turn out to have a hyperbolic shape first imagined by mathematicians hundreds of years ago) and the physical laws that govern it.A conditional recommendation for people who like to brush up on their maths and not beaten up by formulas. We work closely with publishers and authors to ensure that we offer the best books on the market for your child. He eats a potato crisp whose revolutionary shape was unpalatable to the ancient Greeks, and he shows the deep connections between maths, religion and philosophy. When he was the Guardian's correspondent in South America he wrote Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life, a look at contemporary Brazil seen through soccer. Along the way, he relates amusing stories involving eccentric people and their often mundane means--origami, sponges, crochet--of giving physical shape to the downright unfathomable.

By working with correspondences between infinite sets he characterized some infinite sets as countable (aleph), and others as non-countable (beth). It also reminded me of the debates I would have as a portfolio analyst with my quant boss about over-reliance on statistical models to predict the fortunes of industry segments. Two reasons: (1) we have ten fingers, a pretty obvious observation after someone points it out to you; and (2) the French, who pretty much forced Europe to adopt decimalisation, probably in a fit of pique after losing out to English in the language stakes. He is also the author of the popular math books Here's Looking at Euclid and The Grapes of Math, which were both international bestsellers.I'm not a reader of non-fiction for two reasons: (1) it usually purports to tell the truth when it is merely reporting a version of the truth like, well, fiction; and (2) it is usually less well written than fiction, where style tends to count more. If you're in the former camp, it might be difficult to understand how anyone could be interested or impassioned by something so seemingly dry and difficult. Mathematicians are familiar with the form as represented by Professor Daina Taimina's model constructed from crochet work. I'm an engineer, so I might be slightly better positioned to understand this text, but the format and language of the book assumes nothing of the reader (without being condescending) and explains every concept in a way that even a lay person will be able to follow.



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