• 17 Equations that Changed the World
    17 Equations that Changed the World
    ISBN: 9781846685323
    Title: 17 Equations that Changed the World
    Author: STEWART IAN

    From Newton's Law of Gravity to the Black-Scholes model used by bankers to predict the markets, equations, are everywhere - and they are fundamental to everyday life. Seventeen Equations that Changed the World examines seventeen groundbreaking equations that have altered the course of human history. He explores how Pythagoras's Theorem led to GPS and SatNav; how logarithms are applied in architecture; why imaginary numbers were important in the development of the digital camera, and what is really going on with Schrödinger's cat. Entertaining, surprising and vastly informative, Seventeen Equations that Changed the World is a highly original exploration - and explanation - of life on earth.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
  • 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
  • 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
  • How to Bake Pi: Easy Recipes for Understanding Complex Maths
    How to Bake Pi: Easy Recipes for Understanding Complex Maths
    ISBN: 9781781252888
    Title: How to Bake Pi: Easy Recipes for Understanding Complex Maths

    Möbius bagels, Euclid's flourless chocolate cake and apple pi - this is maths, but not as you know it.In How to Bake Pi, mathematical crusader and star baker Eugenia Cheng has rustled up a batch of delicious culinary insights into everything from simple numeracy to category theory ('the mathematics of mathematics'), via Fermat, Poincaré and Riemann.Maths is much more than simultaneous equations and pr2 : it is an incredibly powerful tool for thinking about the world around us. And once you learn how to think mathematically, you'll never think about anything - cakes, custard, bagels or doughnuts; not to mention fruit crumble, kitchen clutter and Yorkshire puddings - the same way again.Stuffed with moreish puzzles and topped with a generous dusting of wit and charm, How to Bake Pi is a foolproof recipe for a mathematical feast.*Previously published under the title Cakes, Custard & Category Theory*

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Mathematics from One to Infinity
    Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Mathematics from One to Infinity
    ISBN: 9781848878457
    Title: Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Mathematics from One to Infinity

    Maths is everywhere, often where we least expect it. Steven Strogatz acts as our guide as he takes us on a tour of numbers that - unbeknownst to most of us - connect everything about our daily activities.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
  • 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
  • Number Bias: How Numbers Lead & Mislead Us
    Number Bias: How Numbers Lead & Mislead Us
    ISBN: 9781529342741
    Title: Number Bias: How Numbers Lead & Mislead Us
    Author: BLAUW SANNE

    Even if you don't consider yourself a numbers person, you are a numbers person. The time has come to put numbers in their place. Not high up on a pedestal, or out on the curb, but right where they belong: beside words. It is not an overstatement to say that numbers dictate the way we live our lives. They tell us how we're doing at school, how much we weigh, who might win an election and whether the economy is booming. But numbers aren't as objective as they may seem; behind every number is a story. Yet politicians, businesses and the media often forget this - or use it for their own gain.Sanne Blauw travels the world to unpick our relationship with numbers and demystify our misguided allegiance, from Florence Nightingale using statistics to petition for better conditions during the Crimean War to the manipulation of numbers by the American tobacco industry and the ambiguous figures pedalled during the EU referendum. Taking us from the everyday numbers that govern our health and wellbeing to the statistics used to wield enormous power and influence, The Number Bias counsels us to think more wisely.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • 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
  • Pluses & Minuses How Maths Solves Our Problems
    Pluses & Minuses How Maths Solves Our Problems
    ISBN: 9781922268570
    Title: Pluses & Minuses How Maths Solves Our Problems

    You look up from your phone for a moment to order an espresso. It's made with one of those large stainless-steel coffee makers that heats the water until it's precisely the right temperature. It keeps track of how fast the water warms up and uses that to calculate whether it needs to apply more or less heat, until the perfect temperature is attained. You're not aware of any of it, but right in front of your nose those formulae that your maths teacher talked about are being used to make your cup of coffee.

    Thousands of years ago, the inhabitants of Mesopotamia became the first humans to use numbers. Since then, mathematics has become an unstoppable force. It's behind almost everything, from search engines to cruise control, from coffee-makers to timetables. But now that we hardly ever need to do arithmetic, how relevant is mathematics to everyday life?

    Drawing on examples within the interconnected fields of philosophy, psychology and history, Dr Stefan Buijsman explores the role mathematics plays in the modern world.

    Stefan Buijsman gained a master's degree in philosophy in Leiden at the age of eighteen. He then moved to Sweden, where he gained his doctorate within eighteen months, making him one of the youngest ever PhDs. He is currently studying the philosophy of mathematics as a post-doctoral researcher.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Professor Stewart's Incredible Numbers
    Professor Stewart's Incredible Numbers
    ISBN: 9781781254516
    Title: Professor Stewart's Incredible Numbers
    Author: STEWART IAN

    Ian Stewart explores the astonishing properties of numbers from 1 to10 to zero and infinity, including one figure that, if you wrote it out, would span the universe. He looks at every kind of number you can think of -- real, imaginary, rational, irrational, positive and negative -- along with several you might have thought you couldn't think of. He explains the insights of the ancient mathematicians, shows how numbers have evolved through the ages, and reveals the way numerical theory enables everyday life.Under Professor Stewart's guidance you will discover the mathematics of codes, Sudoku, Rubik's cube, music, primes and pi. You may be surprised to find you live in eleven-dimensional space, that of the twenty-three people on a football pitch two are more likely than not to share the same birthday, and that forty-two is a very interesting number.Professor Stewart's Incredible Numbers will delight everyone who loves numbers -- including those who currently think they don't.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
  • 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
  • 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
  • Universe Speaks in Numbers: How Modern Maths Reveals Nature's Deepest Secrets
    Universe Speaks in Numbers: How Modern Maths Reveals Nature's Deepest Secrets
    ISBN: 9780571321803
    Title: Universe Speaks in Numbers: How Modern Maths Reveals Nature's Deepest Secrets

    One of the great mysteries of science is that its fundamental laws are written in the language of mathematics. Graham Farmelo's thrilling new book shows how modern maths has helped physicists to rethink gravity, space, and time. The Universe Speaks in Numbers takes us on an adventure from the Enlightenment to the present with a vibrant cast of characters, illuminating the most exciting and controversial developments in contemporary thought. Always lively and authoritative, Farmelo navigates the reader through the huge imaginative leaps that are edging us towards a radically new conception of the nature of our universe.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
  • Weirder Maths: At the Edge of the Possible
    Weirder Maths: At the Edge of the Possible
    ISBN: 9781786075086
    Title: Weirder Maths: At the Edge of the Possible

    From centuries-old conundrums to eccentric geniuses like ƒvariste Galois (he failed the entrance exams at ƒcole Polytechnique twice because he couldn't explain how he'd arrived at his correct answers) to how the strangest math connects to the everyday, Darling and Banerjee transform the bewildering into the beautiful.

    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: $55.00