• Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions
    Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions
    ISBN: 9780007547999
    Title: Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions

    What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of the new and familiar is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not. Computers, like us, confront limited space and time, so computer scientists have been grappling with similar problems for decades. And the solutions they ve found have much to teach us.

    In a dazzlingly interdisciplinary work, Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths show how algorithms developed for computers also untangle very human questions. They explain how to have better hunches and when to leave things to chance, how to deal with overwhelming choices and how best to connect with others. From finding a spouse to finding a parking spot, from organizing one s inbox to peering into the future, Algorithms to Live By transforms the wisdom of computer science into strategies for human living.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Art of Logic: How to Make Sense in a World That Doesn't
    Art of Logic: How to Make Sense in a World That Doesn't
    ISBN: 9781788160391
    Title: Art of Logic: How to Make Sense in a World That Doesn't

    For thousands of years, mathematicians have used the timeless art of logic to see the world more clearly. In The Art of Logic, Royal Society Science Book Prize nominee Eugenia Cheng shows how anyone can think like a mathematician - and see, argue and think better.Learn how to simplify complex decisions without over-simplifying them. Discover the power of analogies and the dangers of false equivalences. Find out how people construct misleading arguments, and how we can argue back.Eugenia Cheng teaches us how to find clarity without losing nuance, taking a careful scalpel to the complexities of politics, privilege, sexism and dozens of other real-world situations. Her Art of Logic is a practical and inspiring guide to decoding the modern world.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Art of Statistics: Learning from Data
    Art of Statistics: Learning from Data
    ISBN: 9780241258767
    Title: Art of Statistics: Learning from Data

    'This marvellous book will transform your relationship with the numbers that swirl all around us. Read it and learn. I did' Tim Harford

    Statistics has played a leading role in our scientific understanding of the world for centuries, yet we are all familiar with the way statistical claims can be sensationalised, particularly in the media. In the age of big data, as data science becomes established as a discipline, a basic grasp of statistical literacy is more important than ever.

    In The Art of Statistics, David Spiegelhalter guides the reader through the essential principles we need in order to derive knowledge from data. Drawing on real world problems to introduce conceptual issues, he shows us how statistics can help us determine the luckiest passenger on the Titanic, whether serial killer Harold Shipman could have been caught earlier, and if screening for ovarian cancer is beneficial.

    How many trees are there on the planet? Do busier hospitals have higher survival rates? Why do old men have big ears? Spiegelhalter reveals the answers to these and many other questions - questions that can only be addressed using statistical science.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Beyond Infinity: An Expedition to the Outer Limits of the Mathematical Universe
    Beyond Infinity: An Expedition to the Outer Limits of the Mathematical Universe
    ISBN: 9781781252864
    Title: Beyond Infinity: An Expedition to the Outer Limits of the Mathematical Universe

    Even small children know there are infinitely many whole numbers - start counting and you'll never reach the end. But there are also infinitely many decimal numbers between zero and one. Are these two types of infinity the same? Are they larger or smaller than each other? Can we even talk about 'larger' and 'smaller' when we talk about infinity? In Beyond Infinity, international maths sensation Eugenia Cheng reveals the inner workings of infinity.What happens when a new guest arrives at your infinite hotel - but you already have an infinite number of guests? How does infinity give Zeno's tortoise the edge in a paradoxical foot-race with Achilles? And can we really make an infinite number of cookies from a finite amount of cookie dough?Wielding an armoury of inventive, intuitive metaphor, Cheng draws beginners and enthusiasts alike into the heart of this mysterious, powerful concept to reveal fundamental truths about mathematics, all the way from the infinitely large down to the infinitely small.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Change Is the Only Constant: The Wisdom of Calculus in a Madcap World
    Change Is the Only Constant: The Wisdom of Calculus in a Madcap World
    ISBN: 9780316509084
    Title: Change Is the Only Constant: The Wisdom of Calculus in a Madcap World
    Author: ORLIN BEN

    By spinning 28 engaging mathematical tales, Orlin shows us that calculus is simply another language to express the very things we humans grapple with every day - love, risk, time and, most importantly, change. Divided into two parts, "Moments" and "Eternities," and drawing on everyone from Sherlock Holmes to Mark Twain to David Foster Wallace, Change is the Only Constant unearths connections between calculus, art, literature and a beloved dog named Elvis. This is not just maths for maths' sake; it's maths for the sake of becoming a wiser and more thoughtful human.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
  • Fermat's Last Theorem: the Story of a Riddle that Confounded the World's Greatest Minds for 358 Years
    Fermat's Last Theorem: the Story of a Riddle that Confounded the World's Greatest Minds for 358 Years
    ISBN: 9781841157917
    Title: Fermat's Last Theorem: the Story of a Riddle that Confounded the World's Greatest Minds for 358 Years
    Author: SINGH SIMON

    This is the story of the solving of a puzzle that has confounded mathematicians since the 17th century, but which every child can understand. It includes the fascinating story of Andrew Wiles who finally cracked the code.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Godel Escher Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
    Godel Escher Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
    ISBN: 9780465026562
    Title: Godel Escher Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

    Douglas Hofstadters book is concerned directly with the nature of ?maps or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. If life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of the cell, if consciousness can emerge out of a formal system of firing neurons, then so too will computers attain human intelligence. Gödel Escher and Bach is a wonderful exploration of fascinating ideas at the heart of cognitive science: meaning, reduction, recursion, and much more.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors
    Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors
    ISBN: 9780141989143
    Title: Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors
    Author: PARKER MATT

    What makes a bridge wobble when it's not meant to? How do billions of dollars mysteriously vanish into thin air? How does a building rock when its resonant frequency matches a gym class leaping to Snap's 1990 hit I've Got The Power? The answer is maths. Or, to be precise, what happens when maths goes wrong in the real world.

    As Matt Parker shows us, our modern lives are built on maths- computer programmes, finance, engineering. And most of the time this maths works quietly behind the scenes, until ... it doesn't. Exploring and explaining a litany of glitches, near-misses and mishaps involving the internet, big data, elections, street signs, lotteries, the Roman empire and a hapless Olympic shooting team, Matt Parker shows us the bizarre ways maths trips us up, and what this reveals about its essential place in our world. This book shows how, by making maths our friend, we can learn from its pitfalls. It also contains puzzles, challenges, geometric socks, jokes about binary code and three deliberate mistakes. Getting it wrong has never been more fun.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Infinite Powers: The Story of Calculus, the Language of the Universe
    Infinite Powers: The Story of Calculus, the Language of the Universe
    ISBN: 9781786492975
    Title: Infinite Powers: The Story of Calculus, the Language of the Universe

    A magisterial history of calculus (and the people behind it) from one of the world's foremost mathematicians.
    Shortlisted for the Royal Society Science Book Prize 2019

    This is the captivating story of mathematics' greatest ever idea: calculus. Without it, there would be no computers, no microwave ovens, no GPS, and no space travel. But before it gave modern man almost infinite powers, calculus was behind centuries of controversy, competition, and even death.

    Taking us on a thrilling journey through three millennia, professor Steven Strogatz charts the development of this seminal achievement from the days of Archimedes to today's breakthroughs in chaos theory and artificial intelligence. Filled with idiosyncratic characters from Pythagoras to Fourier, Infinite Powers is a compelling human drama that reveals the legacy of calculus on nearly every aspect of modern civilisation, including science, politics, medicine, philosophy, and much besides.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World
    Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World
    ISBN: 9780141979243
    Title: Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World

    Algorithms increasingly run our lives. They find books, movies, jobs, and dates for us, manage our investments, and discover new drugs. More and more, these algorithms work by learning from the trails of data we leave in our newly digital world. Like curious children, they observe us, imitate, and experiment. And in the world s top research labs and universities, the race is on to invent the ultimate learning algorithm: one capable of discovering any knowledge from data, and doing anything we want, before we even ask.
    Machine learning is the automation of discoverythe scientific method on steroidsthat enables intelligent robots and computers to program themselves. No field of science today is more important yet more shrouded in mystery. Pedro Domingos, one of the field s leading lights, lifts the veil for the first time to give us a peek inside the learning machines that power Google, Amazon, and your smartphone. He charts a course through machine learning s five major schools of thought, showing how they turn ideas from neuroscience, evolution, psychology, physics, and statistics into algorithms ready to serve you. Step by step, he assembles a blueprint for the future universal learnerthe Master Algorithmand discusses what it means for you, and for the future of business, science, and society.
    If data-ism is today s rising philosophy, this book will be its bible. The quest for universal learning is one of the most significant, fascinating, and revolutionary intellectual developments of all time. A groundbreaking book, The Master Algorithm is the essential guide for anyone and everyone wanting to understand not just how the revolution will happen, but how to be at its forefront.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Mathematics Workbook Year 6
    Mathematics Workbook Year 6
    ISBN: 9781877234965
    Title: Mathematics Workbook Year 6

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Maths in Minutes
    Maths in Minutes
    ISBN: 9781780873695
    Title: Maths in Minutes

    Both simple and accessible, Maths in Minutes is a visually led introduction to 200 key mathematical ideas. Each concept is quick and easy to remember, described by means of an easy-to-understand picture and a maximum 200-word explanation. Concepts span all of the key areas of mathematics, including Fundamentals of Mathematics, Sets and Numbers, Geometry, Equations, Limits, Functions and Calculus, Vectors and Algebra, Complex Numbers, Combinatorics, Number Theory, Metrics and Measures and Topology. Incredibly quick - clear artworks and simple explanations that can be easily remembered. Based on scientific research that the brain best absorbs information visually. Compact and portable format - the ideal, handy reference.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Maths of Life & Death
    Maths of Life & Death
    ISBN: 9781787475410
    Title: Maths of Life & Death
    Author: YATES KIT

    "Kit Yates shows how our private and social lives are suffused by mathematics. Ignorance may bring tragedy or farce. This is an exquisitely interesting book. It's a deeply serious one too and, for those like me who have little maths, it's delightfully readable" - Ian McEwan "Kit Yates is a natural storyteller. Through fascinating stories and examples, he shows how maths is the beating heart of so much of modern life. An exciting new voice in the world of science communication" - Marcus du Sautoy "Used wisely, mathematics can save your life. Used unwisely, it can ruin it. A lucid and enthralling account of why maths matters in everyone's life. A real eye-opener." - Prof Ian Stewart FRS, author of Do Dice Play God? __________ Maths is the story of the world around us, and the wisdom it gives us can be the difference between success and disaster. We are all doing maths all the time, from the way we communicate with each other to the way we travel, from how we work to how we relax. Many of us are aware of this. But few of us really appreciate the full power of maths - the extent to which its influence is not only in every office and every home, but also in every courtroom and hospital ward. In this eye-opening and extraordinary book, Yates explores the true stories of life-changing events in which the application - or misapplication - of mathematics has played a critical role: patients crippled by faulty genes and entrepreneurs bankrupted by faulty algorithms; innocent victims of miscarriages of justice and the unwitting victims of software glitches. We follow stories of investors who have lost fortunes and parents who have lost children, all because of mathematical misunderstandings. Along the way, Yates arms us with simple mathematical rules and tools that can help us make better decisions in our increasingly quantitative society. You will discover why it's always sensible to question a statistic, often vital to ask for a second opinion and sometimes surprisingly handy to stick to the 37% rule...

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Music of the Primes: Searching to Solve the Greatest Mystery in Mathematics
    Music of the Primes: Searching to Solve the Greatest Mystery in Mathematics
    ISBN: 9780062064011
    Title: Music of the Primes: Searching to Solve the Greatest Mystery in Mathematics

    Inthe tradition of Fermat's Enigma and Pi, Marcus du Sautoy tells the illuminating, authoritative, and engagingstory of Bernhard Reimann and the ongoing quest tocapture the holy grail of mathematics--the formula to predict prime numbers.Oliver Sacks, author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, calls TheMusic of the Primes "an amazing book.& .& .& .& I could not put it down once Ihad started." Simon Winchester, author of The Professor and the Madman,writes, "this fascinating account, decoding the inscrutable language of themathematical priesthood, is written like the purest poetry. Marcus du Sautoy's enthusiasm shines through every line of this hymnto the joy of high intelligence, illuminating as it does so even the darkestcorners of his most arcane universe."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $36.00
  • Numbers in Minutes
    Numbers in Minutes
    ISBN: 9781787477315
    Title: Numbers in Minutes

    The quickest explanation of math, in 200 essential numbers.

    Why 60 seconds in a minute? Who invented zero? What exactly is pi? Why do mathematicians hunt prime numbers? And how can you get a number bigger than infinity?

    To find out, take a tour through 200 important, fascinating and unusual numbers - the easy and entertaining way to grasp mathematics.

    Numbers in Minutes demystifies the math surrounding the key numbers including: zero, 1-40, negatives, percentages, prime numbers, fractions, decimals, pi, exponentials, imaginary numbers, squares and cubes, roots and powers, Fibonacci numbers, the golden ratio, millions and trillions, a googol, 'perfect, ' 'kissing, ' 'vampire' and 'weird' numbers, infinity, infinity+1 and other sizes of infinity...

    Every number is explained in a few short paragraphs with a helpful picture, making the maths simple to understand and remember.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $30.00

  • On Formally Undecidable Propositions of Principia Mathematica & Related Systems
    On Formally Undecidable Propositions of Principia Mathematica & Related Systems
    ISBN: 9780486669809
    Title: On Formally Undecidable Propositions of Principia Mathematica & Related Systems
    Author: GODEL KURT

    In 1931, a young Austrian mathematician published an epoch-making paper containing one of the most revolutionary ideas in logic since Aristotle. Kurt Giidel maintained, and offered detailed proof, that in any arithmetic system, even in elementary parts of arithmetic, there are propositions which cannot be proved or disproved within the system. It is thus uncertain that the basic axioms of arithmetic will not give rise to contradictions. The repercussions of this discovery are still being felt and debated in 20th-century mathematics.
    The present volume reprints the first English translation of Giidel's far-reaching work. Not only does it make the argument more intelligible, but the introduction contributed by Professor R. B. Braithwaite (Cambridge University}}, an excellent work of scholarship in its own right, illuminates it by paraphrasing the major part of the argument.
    This Dover edition thus makes widely available a superb edition of a classic work of original thought, one that will be of profound interest to mathematicians, logicians and anyone interested in the history of attempts to establish axioms that would provide a rigorous basis for all mathematics. Translated by B. Meltzer, University of Edinburgh. Preface. Introduction by R. B. Braithwaite.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
  • Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality
    Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality
    ISBN: 9780241954638
    Title: Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality
    Author: TEGMARK MAX

    Max Tegmark, one of the most original physicists at work today, leads us on an astonishing journey to explore the mysteries uncovered by cosmology and to discover the nature of reality. Part-history of the cosmos, part-intellectual adventure, 'Our Mathematical Universe' travels from the big bang to the distant future via parallel worlds, across every possible scale - from the sub-atomic to the intergalactic - showing how mathematics provides the answers to our questions about the world.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • Something Doesn't Add Up Surviving Statistics in a Post-Truth World
    Something Doesn't Add Up Surviving Statistics in a Post-Truth World
    ISBN: 9781788162586
    Title: Something Doesn't Add Up Surviving Statistics in a Post-Truth World
    Author: GOODWIN PAUL

    Some people fear and mistrust numbers. Others want to use them for everything. After a long career as a statistician, Paul Goodwin has learned the hard way that the ones who want to use them for everything are a very good reason for the rest of us to fear and mistrust them. Something Doesn't Add Up is a fieldguide to the numbers that rule our world, even though they don't make sense.Wry, witty and humane, Goodwin explains mathematical subtleties so painlessly that you hardly need to think about numbers at all. He demonstrates how statistics that are meant to make life simpler often make it simpler than it actually is, but also reveals some of the ways we really can use maths to make better decisions. Enter the world of fitness tracking, the history of IQ testing, China's social credit system, Effective Altruism, and learn how someone should have noticed that Harold Shipman was killing his patients years before they actually did. In the right hands, maths is a useful tool. It's just a pity there are so many of the wrong hands about.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • Standard Deviations Flawed Assumptions, Tortured Data, & Other Ways to Lie With Statistics
    Standard Deviations Flawed Assumptions, Tortured Data, & Other Ways to Lie With Statistics
    ISBN: 9781468311020
    Title: Standard Deviations Flawed Assumptions, Tortured Data, & Other Ways to Lie With Statistics
    Author: SMITH GARY

    "A very entertaining book about a very serious problem. We deceive ourselves all the time with statistics, and it is time we wised up." -Robert J. Shiller, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics

    Did you know that baseball players whose names begin with the letter "D" are more likely to die young? Or that Asian Americans are most susceptible to heart attacks on the fourth day of the month? Or that drinking a full pot of coffee every morning will add years to your life, but one cup a day increases the risk of pancreatic cancer? All of these "facts" have been argued with a straight face by credentialed researchers and backed up with reams of data and convincing statistics.

    As Nobel Prize-winning economist Ronald Coase once cynically observed, "If you torture data long enough, it will confess." Lying with statistics is a time-honored con. In Standard Deviations, economics professor Gary Smith walks us through the various tricks and traps that people use to back up their own crackpot theories. Sometimes, the unscrupulous deliberately try to mislead us. Other times, the well-intentioned are blissfully unaware of the mischief they are committing. Today, data is so plentiful that researchers spend precious little time distinguishing between good, meaningful indicators and total rubbish. Not only do others use data to fool us, we fool ourselves.

    With the breakout success of Nate Silver's The Signal and the Noise, the once humdrum subject of statistics has never been hotter. Drawing on breakthrough research in behavioral economics by luminaries like Daniel Kahneman and Dan Ariely and taking to task some of the conclusions of Freakonomics author Steven D. Levitt, Standard Deviations demystifies the science behind statistics and makes it easy to spot the fraud all around.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Ten Great Ideas about Chance
    Ten Great Ideas about Chance
    ISBN: 9780691196398
    Title: Ten Great Ideas about Chance

    A fascinating account of the breakthrough ideas that transformed probability and statistics

    In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, gamblers and mathematicians transformed the idea of chance from a mystery into the discipline of probability, setting the stage for a series of breakthroughs that enabled or transformed innumerable fields, from gambling, mathematics, statistics, economics, and finance to physics and computer science. This book tells the story of ten great ideas about chance and the thinkers who developed them. Complete with a brief probability refresher, Ten Great Ideas about Chance is certain to be a hit with anyone who wants to understand the secrets of probability and how they were discovered.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Understanding Numbers
    Understanding Numbers
    ISBN: 9781781318157
    Title: Understanding Numbers

    Mathematics is an indispensable tool for life. From the systems that underpin our newsfeeds, through to the data analysis that informs our health and financial decisions, to the algorithms that power how we search online - mathematics is at the heart of how our modern world functions.

    In 20 dip-in lessons, Understanding Numbers explains how and why mathematics fuels your world and arms you with the knowledge to make wiser choices in all areas of your life.

    - Make sense of health statistics
    - Understand the mathematics behind political voting systems
    - Get to grips with how online search tools work
    - Discover how mathematics can create the perfect city

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $23.00
  • Weird Maths: At the Edge of Infinity & Beyond
    Weird Maths: At the Edge of Infinity & Beyond
    ISBN: 9781786074850
    Title: Weird Maths: At the Edge of Infinity & Beyond

    Is anything truly random? Does infinity actually exist? Could we ever see into other dimensions?

    In this delightful journey of discovery, David Darling and extraordinary child prodigy Agnijo Banerjee draw connections between the cutting edge of modern maths and life as we understand it, delving into the strange - would we like alien music? - and venturing out on quests to consider the existence of free will and the fantastical future of quantum computers. Packed with puzzles and paradoxes, mind-bending concepts and surprising solutions, this is for anyone who wants life's questions answered - even those you never thought to ask.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • X, Y & Z: The Real Story of How Enigma Was Broken
    X, Y & Z: The Real Story of How Enigma Was Broken
    ISBN: 9780750987820
    Title: X, Y & Z: The Real Story of How Enigma Was Broken

    December, 1932In the bathroom of a Belgian hotel, a French spymaster photographs top-secret documents - the operating instructions of the cipher machine, Enigma. A few weeks later a mathematician in Warsaw begins to decipher the coded communications of the Third Reich and lays the foundations for the code-breaking operation at Bletchley Park. The co-operation between France, Britain and Poland is given the cover-name 'X, Y & Z'. December, 1942It is the middle of World War Two. The Polish code-breakers have risked their lives to continue their work inside Vichy France, even as an uncertain future faces their homeland. Now they are on the run from the Gestapo. People who know the Enigma secret are not supposed to be in the combat zone, so MI6 devises a plan to exfiltrate them. If it goes wrong, if they are caught, the consequences could be catastrophic for the Allies. Based on original research and newly released documents, X, Y & Z is the exhilarating story of those who risked their lives to protect the greatest secret of World War Two.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $52.00
  • Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea
    Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea
    ISBN: 9780285635944
    Title: Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

    A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOKThe Babylonians invented it, the Greeks banned it, the Hindus worshipped it, and the Christian Church used it to fend off heretics. Today it's a timebomb ticking in the heart of astrophysics. For zero, infinity's twin, is not like other numbers. It is both nothing and everything.Zero has pitted East against West and faith against reason, and its intransigence persists in the dark core of a black hole and the brilliant flash of the Big Bang. Today, zero lies at the heart of one of the biggest scientific controversies of all time: the quest for a theory of everything. Within the concept of zero lies a philosophical and scientific history of humanity.Charles Seife's elegant and witty account takes us from Aristotle to superstring theory by way of Egyptian geometry, Kabbalism, Einstein, the Chandrasekhar limit and Stephen Hawking. Covering centuries of thought, it is a concise tour of a world of ideas, bound up in the simple notion of nothing.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00