In bite-sized chapters that require only high school algebra, [Edward Scheinerman] invites recreational mathematicians and neophytes alike to try their hands at solving mathematical puzzles and provides an engaging and friendly tour of numbers, shapes, and uncertainty. The result is an unforgettable introduction to the fundamentals and pleasures of thinking mathematically. -- From book jacket.

Publisher:
©2017

New Haven :, Yale University Press,, [2017]

New Haven :, Yale University Press,, [2017]

Copyright Date:
©2017

ISBN:
9780300223002

Characteristics:
xx, 274 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

Contents:
Part I. Number : 1. Prime numbers ; 2. Binary ; 3. 0.999999999999... ; 4. [Square root of]2 ; 5. i ; 6. [Pi] ; 7. e ; 8. [Infinity] ; 9. Fibonacci numbers ; 10. Factorial! ; 11. Benford's law ; 12. Algorithm ;

Part II. Shape: 13. Triangles ; 14. Pythagoras and Fermat ; 15. Circles ; 16. The platonic solids ; 17. Fractals ; 18. Hyperbolic geometry

Part III. Uncertainty: 19. Nontransitive dice ; 20. Medical probability ; 21. Chaos ; 22. Social choice and Arrow's theorem ; 23. Newcomb's paradox.

Part II. Shape: 13. Triangles ; 14. Pythagoras and Fermat ; 15. Circles ; 16. The platonic solids ; 17. Fractals ; 18. Hyperbolic geometry

Part III. Uncertainty: 19. Nontransitive dice ; 20. Medical probability ; 21. Chaos ; 22. Social choice and Arrow's theorem ; 23. Newcomb's paradox.

Summary:
In bite-sized chapters that require only high school algebra, [Edward Scheinerman] invites recreational mathematicians and neophytes alike to try their hands at solving mathematical puzzles and provides an engaging and friendly tour of numbers, shapes, and uncertainty. The result is an unforgettable introduction to the fundamentals and pleasures of thinking mathematically. -- From book jacket.

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