• Everyday Maths for Grown-ups
    Everyday Maths for Grown-ups
    ISBN: 9781782433354
    Title: Everyday Maths for Grown-ups
    Author: POSKITT KJARTAN

    Day-to-day life is full of scenarios where your skill with numbers is tested, whether it's dividing up your share of the restaurant bill or working out whether you've been overcharged at the checkout. This book contains the various shortcuts, fun tricks and fresh approaches you need to tackle complex calculations.

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  • Everything & More    Compact History of Infinity   New Edition
    Everything & More Compact History of Infinity New Edition
    ISBN: 9780393339284
    Title: Everything & More Compact History of Infinity New Edition
    Author: WALLACE DAVID FOSTER

    Is infinity a valid mathematical property or a meaningless abstraction? David Foster Wallace brings his intellectual ambition and characteristic bravura style to the story of how mathematicians have struggled to understand the infinite, from the ancient Greeks to the nineteenth-century mathematical genius Georg Cantor's counterintuitive discovery that there was more than one kind of infinity. Smart, challenging, and thoroughly rewarding, Wallace's tour de force brings immediate and high-profile recognition to the bizarre and fascinating world of higher mathematics.




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  • Fatal Numbers Why Count on Chance
    Fatal Numbers Why Count on Chance
    ISBN: 9781935830016
    Title: Fatal Numbers Why Count on Chance
    Author: ENZENSBERGER HANS MAGNUS LEEDER KAREN (TRANS)


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  • 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.

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  • Fermat's Enigma the Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem
    Fermat's Enigma the Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem
    ISBN: 9780385493628
    Title: Fermat's Enigma the Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem
    Author: SINGH SIMON

    xn + yn = zn, where n represents 3, 4, 5, ...no solution "I have discovered a truly marvelous demonstration of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain." With these words, the seventeenth-century French mathematician Pierre de Fermat threw down the gauntlet to future generations.  What came to be known as Fermat's Last Theorem looked simple; proving it, however, became the Holy Grail of mathematics, baffling its finest minds for more than 350 years.  InFermat's Enigma--based on the author's award-winning documentary film, which aired on PBS's "Nova"--Simon Singh tells the astonishingly entertaining story of the pursuit of that grail, and the lives that were devoted to, sacrificed for, and saved by it.  Here is a mesmerizing tale of heartbreak and mastery that will forever change your feelings about mathematics.

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  • Finding Moonshine a Mathematicians Journey Through Symmetry
    Finding Moonshine a Mathematicians Journey Through Symmetry
    ISBN: 9780007214624
    Title: Finding Moonshine a Mathematicians Journey Through Symmetry
    Author: DU SAUTOY MARCUS

    This new book from the author of 'The Music of the Primes' combines a personal insight into the mind of a working mathematician with the story of one of the biggest adventures in mathematics: the search for symmetry.This is the story of how humankind has come to its understanding of the bizarre world of symmetry ' a subject of fundamental significance to the way we interpret the world around us.Our eyes and minds are drawn to symmetrical objects, from the sphere to the swastika, the pyramid to the pentagon. Symmetry indicates a dynamic relationship or connection between objects, and it is all-pervasive: in chemistry and physics the concept of symmetry explains the structure of crystals or the theory of fundamental particles; in evolutionary biology, the natural world exploits symmetry in the fight for survival; symmetry and the breaking of symmetry are central to ideas in art, architecture and music; the mathematics of symmetry is even exploited in industry, for example to find efficient ways to store more music on a CD or to keep your mobile phone conversation from cracking up through interference.Marcus du Sautoy constantly strives to push his own boundaries to find ways in which to share the excitement of mathematics with a broader audience; this book charts his own personal quest to master one of the most innate and intangible concepts, and to demonstrate the intricacy and beauty of the world around us.

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  • Finding Zero : a Mathematician's Odyssey to Uncover the Origins of Numbers
    Finding Zero : a Mathematician's Odyssey to Uncover the Origins of Numbers
    ISBN: 9781137279842
    Title: Finding Zero : a Mathematician's Odyssey to Uncover the Origins of Numbers
    Author: ACZEL AMIR D

    The invention of numerals is perhaps the greatest abstraction the human mind has ever created. Virtually everything in our lives is digital, numerical, or quantified. The story of how and where we got these numerals, which we so depend on, has for thousands of years been shrouded in mystery. "Finding Zero" is an adventure filled saga of Amir Aczel's lifelong obsession: to find the original sources of our numerals. Aczel has doggedly crisscrossed the ancient world, scouring dusty, moldy texts, cross examining so-called scholars who offered wildly differing sets of facts, and ultimately penetrating deep into a Cambodian jungle to find a definitive proof. Here, he takes the reader along for the ride.

    The history begins with the early Babylonian cuneiform numbers, followed by the later Greek and Roman letter numerals. Then Aczel asks the key question: where do the numbers we use today, the so-called Hindu-Arabic numerals, come from? It is this search that leads him to explore uncharted territory, to go on a grand quest into India, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and ultimately into the wilds of Cambodia. There he is blown away to find the earliest zero--the keystone of our entire system of numbers--on a crumbling, vine-covered wall of a seventh-century temple adorned with eaten-away erotic sculptures. While on this odyssey, Aczel meets a host of fascinating characters: academics in search of truth, jungle trekkers looking for adventure, surprisingly honest politicians, shameless smugglers, and treacherous archaeological thieves--who finally reveal where our numbers come from.


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  • Finding Zero: a Mathematician's Odyssey to Uncover the Origins of Numbers
    Finding Zero: a Mathematician's Odyssey to Uncover the Origins of Numbers
    ISBN: 9781250084910
    Title: Finding Zero: a Mathematician's Odyssey to Uncover the Origins of Numbers
    Author: ACZEL AMIR D

    The invention of numerals is perhaps the greatest abstraction the human mind has ever created. Virtually everything in our lives is digital, numerical, or quantified. The story of how and where we got these numerals, which we so depend on, has for thousands of years been shrouded in mystery. "Finding Zero" is an adventure filled saga of Amir Aczel's lifelong obsession: to find the original sources of our numerals. Aczel has doggedly crisscrossed the ancient world, scouring dusty, moldy texts, cross examining so-called scholars who offered wildly differing sets of facts, and ultimately penetrating deep into a Cambodian jungle to find a definitive proof. Here, he takes the reader along for the ride.
    The history begins with the early Babylonian cuneiform numbers, followed by the later Greek and Roman letter numerals. Then Aczel asks the key question: where do the numbers we use today, the so-called Hindu-Arabic numerals, come from? It is this search that leads him to explore uncharted territory, to go on a grand quest into India, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and ultimately into the wilds of Cambodia. There he is blown away to find the earliest zero the keystone of our entire system of numbers on a crumbling, vine-covered wall of a seventh-century temple adorned with eaten-away erotic sculptures. While on this odyssey, Aczel meets a host of fascinating characters: academics in search of truth, jungle trekkers looking for adventure, surprisingly honest politicians, shameless smugglers, and treacherous archaeological thieves who finally reveal where our numbers come from."

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    Price: $30.00

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  • Fluke: the Maths & Myths of Coincidences
    Fluke: the Maths & Myths of Coincidences
    ISBN: 9781780749006
    Title: Fluke: the Maths & Myths of Coincidences
    Author: MAZUR JOSEPH


    Imagine this: you are browsing used books in a bookstore hundreds of miles from home when you come across a copy of Moby Dick, which you remember reading as a child. You open it and find your own name on the inside cover.&


    What are the chances? This is the question we ask ourselves upon encountering seemingly impossible coincidences, like the woman who won the lottery four times. But from clairvoyants to financial markets, and from unique scientific discoveries to DNA evidence, if& there is any likelihood that something could happen, no matter how small, it is bound to happen to someone at some time.&


    Coupling lively anecdotes with the principles of probability, Joseph Mazur balances the fun of a great coincidence with the logical thinking of a mathematician. With a lightness of touch and a witty turn of phrase, Mazur sweeps aside pseudoscience and conspiracy theories, proving that there are rational explanations for even the most extraordinary events.&



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  • Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life & in the Markets
    Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life & in the Markets
    ISBN: 9780141031484
    Title: Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life & in the Markets
    Author: TALEB NASSIM NICHOLAS

    Everyone wants to succeed in life. But what causes some of us to be moreThis research presents this ancient Greek Macedonian Symbol of Rayed Star.There are many other symbols with the Rayed Star as an ancient Greek symbols in all centuries.The ancient Greek stars has presented from 3-rays up to 24-rays.And all rays have many shapes according to the inner meaning of it in archaeological monuments.Many ancient archeologically founding exists today, such as ancient Greek coins, texts, icons, emblems, tituli, ostraca, fragments, epigrammata, papyrorum, tablettes, recensios, sculptures, vases, monuments etc which has the Rayed Star symbol of the ancient Greeks on them.Even Achilles has the rayed star on his armoury and many of the ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses.In Christianity the star is connected to the Virgin Mary.

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  • Fuller Explanation
    Fuller Explanation
    ISBN: 9780615183145
    Title: Fuller Explanation
    Author: EDMONDSON AMY


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    Price: $60.00
    $60.00
  • Genius at Play the Curious Mathematical Mind of John Horton Conway
    Genius at Play the Curious Mathematical Mind of John Horton Conway
    ISBN: 9781620405932
    Title: Genius at Play the Curious Mathematical Mind of John Horton Conway
    Author: ROBERTS SIOBHAN

    Genius at Play is an intimate investigation into the mind of an endearing genius, laying bare Conway's personal and professional idiosyncrasies. The intimacy comes courtesy of the man himself. He generously granted Roberts full access, though not without the occasional grudge and grumble. "Oh hell," he'd say. "You're not going to put that in the book. Are you?!?"

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
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  • Godel Escher Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
    Godel Escher Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
    ISBN: 9780465026562
    Title: Godel Escher Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
    Author: HOFSTADTER DOUGLAS R

    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.

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  • Golden Ratio: The Divine Beauty of Mathematics
    Golden Ratio: The Divine Beauty of Mathematics
    ISBN: 9781631064869
    Title: Golden Ratio: The Divine Beauty of Mathematics
    Author: ARAUJO RAFAEL

    From the pyramids of Giza, to quasicrystals, to the proportions of the human face, the golden ratio has an infinite capacity to generate shapes with exquisite properties.

    Featuring clear, entertaining, and enlightening commentary alongside stunning full-color illustrations by Venezuelan artist and architect Rafael Araujo, this gorgeous book examines the presence of this divine number in art and architecture throughout history, as well as its ubiquity among plants, animals, and even the cosmos.

    With its lush format and layflat dimensions that closely approximate the golden ratio, this is the ultimate coffee-table book for math enthusiasts, architects, designers, and fans of sacred geometry.

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    Price: $45.00
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  • Great Calculations: a Surprising Look Behind 50 Scientific Inquiries
    Great Calculations: a Surprising Look Behind 50 Scientific Inquiries
    ISBN: 9781633880283
    Title: Great Calculations: a Surprising Look Behind 50 Scientific Inquiries
    Author: PASK COLIN

    Science is based not only on observation and experiment, but on theory as well. As Einstein said, Theory tells us what to measure. And theories are often crystallized into succinct calculations, like those made using Einstein's famous "E = mc2." This book looks at fifty such great calculations, exploring how and why they were developed and assessing their impact on the history of science.
    As the author shows, many significant scientific calculations are quite simple and fairly easy to understand, even for readers will little math background. But their implications can be surprising and profound.
    For example, what links a famous comet and the cost of an annuity? Why do scientists claim there is dark matter in the universe if it can t be observed? How does carbon-based life on Earth depend on a quirk of nuclear physics? The answer to each question is an illuminating calculation.
    This accessible, engaging book will help you understand these breakthroughs and how they changed our view of life and the world."

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  • Great Mathematical Problems
    Great Mathematical Problems
    ISBN: 9781846683374
    Title: Great Mathematical Problems
    Author: STEWART IAN

    There are some mathematical problems whose significance goes beyond the ordinary - like Fermat's Last Theorem or Goldbach's Conjecture - they are the enigmas which define mathematics. The Great Mathematical Problems explains why these problems exist, why they matter, what drives mathematicians to incredible lengths to solve them and where they stand in the context of mathematics and science as a whole. It contains solved problems - like the Poincaré Conjecture, cracked by the eccentric genius Grigori Perelman, who refused academic honours and a million-dollar prize for his work, and ones which, like the Riemann Hypothesis, remain baffling after centuries.Stewart is the guide to this mysterious and exciting world, showing how modern mathematicians constantly rise to the challenges set by their predecessors, as the great mathematical problems of the past succumb to the new techniques and ideas of the present.

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  • Great Mathematical Problems
    Great Mathematical Problems
    ISBN: 9781846681998
    Title: Great Mathematical Problems
    Author: STEWART IAN

    There are some mathematical problems whose significance goes beyond the ordinary - like Fermat's Last Theorem or Goldbach's Conjecture - they are the enigmas which define mathematics. The Great Mathematical Problems explains why these problems exist, why they matter, what drives mathematicians to incredible lengths to solve them and where they stand in the context of mathematics and science as a whole. It contains solved problems - like the Poincaré Conjecture, cracked by the eccentric genius Grigori Perelman, who refused academic honours and a million-dollar prize for his work, and ones which, like the Riemann Hypothesis, remain baffling after centuries.Stewart is the guide to this mysterious and exciting world, showing how modern mathematicians constantly rise to the challenges set by their predecessors, as the great mathematical problems of the past succumb to the new techniques and ideas of the present.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • History of Mathematics a Very Introduction
    History of Mathematics a Very Introduction
    ISBN: 9780199599684
    Title: History of Mathematics a Very Introduction
    Author: STENDALL JACQUELINE


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  • How Big Is Infinity? the 20 Big Maths Questions
    How Big Is Infinity? the 20 Big Maths Questions
    ISBN: 9781782069485
    Title: How Big Is Infinity? the 20 Big Maths Questions
    Author: CRILLY TONY

    What are the strangest numbers? Where do numbers come from? Can maths guarantee riches? Why are three dimensions not enough? Can a butterfly's wings really cause a hurricane? Can maths predict the future? In How Big is Infinity?, acclaimed writer Tony Crilly distills the wisdom of some of the greatest minds in history to help provide answers some of the most perplexing, stimulating and surprising questions in mathematics.

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  • How Not to be Wrong: The Hidden Maths of Everyday Life
    How Not to be Wrong: The Hidden Maths of Everyday Life
    ISBN: 9780718196042
    Title: How Not to be Wrong: The Hidden Maths of Everyday Life
    Author: ELLENBERG JORDAN


    Can maths help you win the lottery? Meet the right partner? Get to the airport on time? Prove the existence of God? 'An atomic-powered prosthesis that you attach to your common sense', maths touches everything we do. Here Jordan Ellenberg shows how we can all use it to become better thinkers.

    'Funny, incisive, so gloriously, surprisingly readable . . . we dismiss maths at our peril, and this book charmingly, persuasively puts us straight.' James McConnachie, Sunday Times

    'Ellenberg runs the numbers like a magician. He can't save you from life, but he can save you from everyday error.' Iain Finlayson, The Times

    'Ellenberg has a gift for finding real-life examples . . . His easy style is lucid and witty.' Orlando Bird, Financial Times

    'So great are Ellenberg's gifts of exposition and insight that one hopes for many more books from him as excellent and entertaining as this.' Peter Pesic, The Times Literary Supplement



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  • How Numbers Work: Discover the Strange & Beautiful World of Mathematics
    How Numbers Work: Discover the Strange & Beautiful World of Mathematics
    ISBN: 9781473629745
    Title: How Numbers Work: Discover the Strange & Beautiful World of Mathematics
    Author: NEW SCIENTIST STAFF


    Think of a number between one and ten.
    No, hang on, let's make this interesting. Between zero and infinity. Even if you stick to the whole numbers, there are a lot to choose from - an infinite number in fact. Throw in decimal fractions and infinity suddenly gets an awful lot bigger (is that even possible?) And then there are the negative numbers, the imaginary numbers, the irrational numbers like pi which never end. It literally never ends.


    The world of numbers is indeed strange and beautiful. Among its inhabitants are some really notable characters - pi, e, the "imaginary" number i and the famous golden ratio to name just a few. Prime numbers occupy a special status. Zero is very odd indeed: is it a number, or isn't it?


    How Numbers Work takes a tour of this mind-blowing but beautiful realm of numbers and the mathematical rules that connect them. Not only that, but take a crash course on the biggest unsolved problems that keep mathematicians up at night, find out about the strange and unexpected ways mathematics influences our everyday lives, and discover the incredible connection between numbers and reality itself.


    ABOUT THE SERIES
    New Scientist Instant Expert books are definitive and accessible entry points to the most important subjects in science; subjects that challenge, attract debate, invite controversy and engage the most enquiring minds. Designed for curious readers who want to know how things work and why, the Instant Expert series explores the topics that really matter and their impact on individuals, society, and the planet, translating the scientific complexities around us into language that's open to everyone, and putting new ideas and discoveries into perspective and context.



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  • 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
    Author: CHENG EUGENIA

    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*

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  • How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method
    How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method
    ISBN: 9780691164076
    Title: How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method
    Author: POLYA G


    A perennial bestseller by eminent mathematician G. Polya, How to Solve It will show anyone in any field how to think straight. In lucid and appealing prose, Polya reveals how the mathematical method of demonstrating a proof or finding an unknown can be of help in attacking any problem that can be "reasoned" out--from building a bridge to winning a game of anagrams. Generations of readers have relished Polya's deft--indeed, brilliant--instructions on stripping away irrelevancies and going straight to the heart of the problem.



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  • How to Solve the Da Vinci Code & 34 Other Really Interesting Uses of Mathematics
    How to Solve the Da Vinci Code & 34 Other Really Interesting Uses of Mathematics
    ISBN: 9780857388384
    Title: How to Solve the Da Vinci Code & 34 Other Really Interesting Uses of Mathematics
    Author: RICHARD ELWES

    Can you outrun a bullet? How do you build an electronic brain? Could you slow down time? How do you unleash chaos? From Plato's classification of regular polyhedra to making a million on the stock market, How to Solve the Da Vinci Code gives you everything you need to understand how numbers work, and the impact they have on our lives every day.

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  • Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors
    Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors
    ISBN: 9780241360194
    Title: Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors
    Author: PARKER MATT

    Matt Parker, the brilliant stand-up mathematician, shows us what happens when maths goes wrong in the real world


    We would all be better off if everyone saw mathematics as a practical ally. Sadly, most of us fear maths and seek to avoid it. This is because mathematics doesn't have good 'people skills' - it never hesitates to bluntly point out when we are wrong. But it is only trying to help! Mathematics is a friend which can fill the gaps in what our brains can do naturally.


    Luckily, even though we don't like sharing our own mistakes, we love to read about what happens when maths errors make the everyday go horribly wrong. Matt Parker explores and explains near misses and mishaps with planes, bridges, the internet and big data as a way of showing us not only how important maths is, but how we can use it to our advantage. This comedy of errors is a brilliantly told series of disaster stories with a happy ending.



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  • I Am a Strange Loop
    I Am a Strange Loop
    ISBN: 9780465030798
    Title: I Am a Strange Loop
    Author: HOFSTADTER DOUGLAS R

    Can thought arise out of matter? Can self, soul, consciousness, ""I"" arise out of mere matter? If it cannot, then how can you or I be here? I Am a Strange Loop argues that the key to understanding selves and consciousness is the ""strange loop""a special kind of abstract feedback loop inhabiting our brains. The most central and complex symbol in your brain is the one called ""I."" The ""I"" is the nexus in our brain, one of many symbols seeming to have free will and to have gained the paradoxical ability to push particles around, rather than the reverse. How can a mysterious abstraction be realor is our ""I"" merely a convenient fiction? Does an ""I"" exert genuine power over the particles in our brain, or is it helplessly pushed around by the laws of physics? These are the mysteries tackled in I Am a Strange Loop, Douglas Hofstadter's first book-length journey into philosophy since Godel, Escher, Bach. Compulsively readable and endlessly thought-provoking, this is a moving and profound inquiry into the nature of mind.

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  • I Used to Know That! Maths
    I Used to Know That! Maths
    ISBN: 9781782432555
    Title: I Used to Know That! Maths
    Author: WARING CHRIS

    Each volume delves into one of five different subjects - maths, science, history, geography and English language - to provide a compilation of bite-sized chunks of information you used to know.

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    Price: $17.00
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  • Incompleteness the Proof & Paradox of Kurt Godel
    Incompleteness the Proof & Paradox of Kurt Godel
    ISBN: 9780393327601
    Title: Incompleteness the Proof & Paradox of Kurt Godel
    Author: GOLDSTEIN REBECCA

    "A gem....An unforgettable account of one of the great moments in the history of human thought."--Steven Pinker A masterly introduction to the life and thought of the man who transformed our conception of math forever. Kurt Godel is considered the greatest logician since Aristotle. His monumental theorem of incompleteness demonstrated that in every formal system of arithmetic there are true statements that nevertheless cannot be proved. The result was an upheaval that spread far beyond mathematics, challenging conceptions of the nature of the mind. Rebecca Goldstein, a MacArthur-winning novelist and philosopher, explains the philosophical vision that inspired Godel's mathematics, and reveals the ironic twist that led to radical misinterpretations of his theorems by the trendier intellectual fashions of the day, from positivism to postmodernism. Ironically, both he and his close friend Einstein felt themselves intellectual exiles, even as their work was cited as among the most important in twentieth-century thought. For Godel, the sense of isolation would have tragic consequences. This lucid and accessible study makes Godel's theorem and its mindbending implications comprehensible to the general reader, while bringing this eccentric, tortured genius and his world to life. About the series: Great Discoveries brings together renowned writers from diverse backgrounds to tell the stories of crucial scientific breakthroughs--the great discoveries that have gone on to transform our view of the world.

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  • Infinite Powers: The Story of Calculus, the Most Important Discovery in Mathematics
    Infinite Powers: The Story of Calculus, the Most Important Discovery in Mathematics
    ISBN: 9781786492951
    Title: Infinite Powers: The Story of Calculus, the Most Important Discovery in Mathematics
    Author: STROGATZ STEVEN

    A magisterial history of calculus (and the people behind it) from one of the world's foremost popularisers of mathematics, the author of The Joy of X.

    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 Aristotle to today's million-dollar reward that awaits whoever cracks Reimann's hypothesis. Filled with idiosyncratic characters from Pythagoras to Euler, Infinite Powers is a compelling human drama that reveals the legacy of calculus on nearly every aspect of modern civilisation, including science, politics, ethics, philosophy, and much besides.

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    Price: $33.00
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  • Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World
    Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World
    ISBN: 9781780745329
    Title: Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World
    Author: ALEXANDER AMIR

    On August 10, 1632, five leading Jesuits convened in a sombre Roman palazzo to pass judgment on a simple idea: that a continuous line is composed of distinct and limitlessly tiny parts. The doctrine would become the foundation of calculus, but on that fateful day the judges ruled that it was forbidden. With the stroke of a pen they set off a war for the soul of the modern world...Amir Alexander's 'Infinitesimal' is the story of the struggle that pitted Europe's entrenched powers against voices for tolerance and change. It takes us from the bloody religious strife of the sixteenth century to the battlefields of the English civil war and the fierce confrontations between leading thinkers like Galileo and Hobbes. We see how a small mathematical disagreement became a contest over the nature of the heavens and the earth: Was the world entirely known and ruled by a divinely sanctioned rationality and hierarchy? Or was it a vast and mysterious place, ripe for exploration? The legitimacy of popes and kings, as well as our modern beliefs in human liberty and progressive science, hung in the balance; the answer hinged on the infinitesimal...Pulsing with drama and excitement, 'Infinitesimal' will forever change the way you look at a simple line.

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  • Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World
    Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World
    ISBN: 9781780746425
    Title: Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World
    Author: ALEXANDER AMIR

    On August 10th, 1632, five leading Jesuits convened in a sombre Roman palazzo to pass judgement on a simple idea: that a continuous line is composed of distinct and limitlessly tiny parts. The doctrine would become the foundation of calculus, but on that fateful day the judges ruled that it was forbidden. With the stroke of a pen they set off a war for the soul of the modern world. Amir Alexander tells the story of the struggle that pitted Europe's entrenched powers against voices for tolerance and change, taking us from the bloody religious strife of the 16th century to the battlefields of the English civil war and the fierce confrontations between leading thinkers like Galileo and Hobbes.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
    $29.00
  • Introducing Game Theory: A Graphic Guide
    Introducing Game Theory: A Graphic Guide
    ISBN: 9781785780820
    Title: Introducing Game Theory: A Graphic Guide
    Author: PASTINE IVAN; PASTINE TUVANA; HUMBERSTONE TOM

    Why did countries engage in a nuclear arms race? How do we make decisions when we don t have all the information? What makes international environmental cooperation possible?
    Game theory is the study of how we make a decision when the outcome of our moves depends on the decisions of someone else. But it s not just about predicting your opponent s next play in a game of chess; conflict and cooperation lie at the heart of game theory, which is useful for understanding behaviour in everything from our social lives to business, global politics to evolutionary theory.
    In Introducing Game Theory, economists Ivan and Tuvana Pastine explore this fascinating area, which looks beneath the surface of human behavior calling upon psychology, evolutionary biology, political science and sociology to explain why, when faced with a decision, we sometimes cooperate, sometimes clash, and sometimes act in a way that seems completely random.
    Stylishly brought to life by regular Guardian illustrator Tom Humberstone, the book takes readers on a tour of the key ideas and thinkers, and puts you into a series of games that provide a new perspective on the world we live in."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $15.00
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  • Introducing Infinity: a Graphic Guide
    Introducing Infinity: a Graphic Guide
    ISBN: 9781848314061
    Title: Introducing Infinity: a Graphic Guide
    Author: CLEGG BRIAN & PUGH OLIVER

    Infinity is a profoundly counter-intuitive and brain-twisting subject that has inspired some great thinkers - and provoked and shocked others. The ancient Greeks were so horrified by the implications of an endless number that they drowned the man who gave away the secret. And a German mathematician was driven mad by the repercussions of his discovery of transfinite numbers. Brian Clegg and Oliver Pugh's brilliant graphic tour of infinity features a cast of characters ranging from Archimedes and Pythagoras to al-Khwarizmi, Fibonacci, Galileo, Newton, Leibniz, Cantor, Venn, Gödel and Mandelbrot, and shows how infinity has challenged the finest minds of science and mathematics. Prepare to enter a world of paradox.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $16.00
    $16.00
  • Introducing Mathematics: a Graphic Guide
    Introducing Mathematics: a Graphic Guide
    ISBN: 9781848312975
    Title: Introducing Mathematics: a Graphic Guide
    Author: SARDAR ZIAUDDIN & RAVITZ JERRY

    Introducing Mathematicstraces the story of mathematics from the ancient world to modern times, describing the great discoveries and providing an accessible introduction to topics such as algebra and chaos theory.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $16.00
    $16.00
  • Introduction to Banach Spaces and Algebras
    Introduction to Banach Spaces and Algebras
    ISBN: 9780199206544
    Title: Introduction to Banach Spaces and Algebras
    Author: ALLAN, GRAHAM

    Banach spaces and algebras are a key topic of pure mathematics. Graham Allan's careful and detailed introductory account will prove essential reading for anyone wishing to specialise in functional analysis and is aimed at final year undergraduates or masters level students. Based on the author's lectures to fourth year students at Cambridge University, the book assumes knowledge typical of first degrees in mathematics, including metric spaces, analytic topology, andcomplex analysis. However, readers are not expected to be familiar with the Lebesgue theory of measure and integration.The text begins by giving the basic theory of Banach spaces, including dual spaces and bounded linear operators. It establishes forms of the theorems that are the pillars of functional analysis, including the Banach-Alaoglu, Hahn-Banach, uniform boundedness, open mapping, and closed graph theorems. There are applications to Fourier series and operators on Hilbert spaces.The main body of the text is an introduction to the theory of Banach algebras. A particular feature is the detailed account of the holomorphic functional calculus in one and several variables; all necessary background theory in one and several complex variables is fully explained, with many examples and applications considered. Throughout, exercises at sections ends help readers test their understanding, while extensive notes point to more advanced topics and sources.The book was edited for publication by Professor H. G. Dales of Leeds University, following the death of the author in August, 2007.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $110.99
    $110.99
  • Invention of Numbers
    Invention of Numbers
    ISBN: 9781844039111
    Title: Invention of Numbers
    Author: BENTLEY PROF PETER

    Discover the entertaining, often surprising, story of numbers.

    Numbers are at the heart of the existence of the universe and everything in it, and yet a lot of us have little understanding of their creation, let alone their part in philosophy, art, music, physics, literature, religion and computing.

    Dr Bentley's fascinating history of the origins of numbers will unlock the secrets of these things that we take for granted and shows how numbers seem to take on human characteristics - as they can be perfect or irrational, amicable or prime, real or imaginary.

    From zero to infinity, learn about the way numbers have shaped our world, discover amazing facts and enjoy the pure beauty of mathematical logic.

    Dr Peter Bentley is an Honorary Reader and Senior College Teacher at the Department of Computer Science, University College London and is known for his research covering all aspects of Evolutionary Computation and Digital Biology. He is the author of the popular science books Digital Biology, The Undercover Scientist and Digitized, and editor of the books Evolutionary Design by Computers, Creative Evolutionary Systems and On Growth, Form and Computers.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • It All Adds Up: Humans & Mathematics from Prehistory to Modern Day
    It All Adds Up: Humans & Mathematics from Prehistory to Modern Day
    ISBN: 9780008283940
    Title: It All Adds Up: Humans & Mathematics from Prehistory to Modern Day
    Author: MICKAEL LAUNAY

    HE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER Most people enjoy maths - the problem is they don't know that they do. This engaging and accessible exploration of the role of mathematics as an aide to human activity throughout history will change our relationship to numbers for the better. For many, maths is a science that is abstract or even superfluous, even though it first came into being to simplify our understanding of the world. As early as 8000 BCE, in Mesopotamia the decorative friezes of vases were ingenious geometrical patterns based on symmetries and rotations. Later, to count animals in a herd, man had to learn to master numbers. Eventually, to draw the bounds of a territory, it became necessary to learn to measure and draw maps, in other words: geometry. Who are the everyday people and experts who first made these discoveries; why, and how? This book answers these questions and so much more, using anecdotes of human history through an exploration of artefacts at the Louvres in Paris. Exploring topics from the beauty of the number Pi to theorems yet to be discovered, it will change how you look at the value of maths. A short and engaging social history of numbers in the arts and crafts, sciences, and every day life, It All Adds Up will make you understand and love maths, at long last.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • 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
    Author: STROGATZ STEVEN H.

    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
    $29.00
  • Lady Tasting Tea: How Statistics Revolutionized Science in the Twentieth Century
    Lady Tasting Tea: How Statistics Revolutionized Science in the Twentieth Century
    ISBN: 9780805071344
    Title: Lady Tasting Tea: How Statistics Revolutionized Science in the Twentieth Century
    Author: SALSBURG DAVID

    An insightful, revealing history of the magical mathematics that transformed our world.

    At a summer tea party in Cambridge, England, a guest states that tea poured into milk tastes different from milk poured into tea. Her notion is shouted down by the scientific minds of the group. But one man, Ronald Fisher, proposes to scientifically test the hypothesis. There is no better person to conduct such an experiment, for Fisher is a pioneer in the field of statistics.

    The Lady Tasting Tea spotlights not only Fisher's theories but also the revolutionary ideas of dozens of men and women which affect our modern everyday lives. Writing with verve and wit, David Salsburg traces breakthroughs ranging from the rise and fall of Karl Pearson's theories to the methods of quality control that rebuilt postwar Japan's economy, including a pivotal early study on the capacity of a small beer cask at the Guinness brewing factory. Brimming with intriguing tidbits and colorful characters, The Lady Tasting Tea salutes the spirit of those who dared to look at the world in a new way.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
    $32.00
  • Living by Numbers: in Defence of Quantity
    Living by Numbers: in Defence of Quantity
    ISBN: 9781780236469
    Title: Living by Numbers: in Defence of Quantity
    Author: CONNOR STEVEN

    How do we really think about the world? We may use words to tell stories about it or draw pictures to represent it, but one thing we do far more than either of those is make calculations of the things that are in it and to do that we use numbers. Numbers give shape and texture to almost everything we feel, say, dream, and do, a fact that Steven Connor explores in this qualitative assessment of the quantifiable. Looking at how numbers play a part in nearly every aspect of our lives, he offers a fascinating portrait of the world as a world of numbers.
    Connor explores a host of thought-provoking aspects of our numerical existence. He looks at the unexpected oddities that shape the loneliest number the number one. He looks at counting as a human phenomenon and the ways we negotiate crowds, swarms, and multitudes. He demonstrates the work of calculation as it lies at the heart of poetry, jokes, painting, and music. He shows how we use numbers to adjust to uncertainty and chance and how they help us visualize the world in diagrammatic ways, and he unveils how numbers even help us think about death. Altogether, Connor brings into relief an aspect of our lives so ubiquitous that we often can t see it, unveiling a rich new way of thinking about our existence.
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    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00
    $48.00
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