Written by the well-known mathematics teacher consultant, this volume's collection of over clearly illustrated mathematical ideas, concepts, puzzles, and games shows where they turn up in the "real" world.
You'll find out what a googol i Part of the joy of mathematics is that it is everywhere-in soap bubbles, electricity, da Vinci's masterpieces, even in an ocean wave. You'll find out what a googol is, visit hotel infinity, read a thorny logic problem that was stumping them back in the 8th century. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.
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After reading it I can only describe it as a math coffee book, as in a book that you pick up, peruse briefly and put down. This makes for an extremely unpleasant reading experience if one tries to read it from cover to cover, as any reader who was been unfortunate enough to unwarily read a coffee book will confirm. I fully understand what the author was trying to do, expose the general reader to several mildly interesting problems in the history of math and hope that one of those will get the reader interested enough to read a book about that aspect in particular.
View 1 comment. Jan 29, Ha Vu rated it it was ok. Jan 11, Julie Suzanne rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Ami! Shelves: math. FYI, this won't make you appreciate the joy of math unless you already do. I "liked" math in school, but I guess I don't have a mind for math. This book just gives you a brief description of myriad mathematical marvels such as the patterns, the equivalent of mathematical optical illusions, puzzles, riddles, "fascinating" tricks like "If you take any two numbers, and you do this, then this, then this, isn't it amazing how they eventually turn into a palindrome?
However, I do recommend this to people have a natural fascination with patterns and riddles and the history of the number system , but this won't convert any literary-minded person into delighting in math.
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Jun 12, Jacob rated it liked it. This book is packed with tons of knowledge about math. I learned quite a bit along the way, even though I didn't understand some of it. Along with information this book is full of math puzzles. Jun 08, Jeff Keehr rated it liked it. I read this during my days of math, taking courses required by the computer science CS major and enjoying them more than my CS courses. May 12, Tsering rated it liked it. The book has some great information on Mathematics, that's probably overlooked during school.
You can read it anytime and it won't bore you down. View all 4 comments. Sep 08, Judy rated it really liked it. The book is composed of short explanations about math concepts in nature. The same author writes the 'Penrose, Mathematical Cat' books. My question remains: How does one make math discoveries? Science discoveries are well documented; did I miss the majesty of math discoveries along the way?
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I am hoping my grandson will someday find this book as fascinating as he does Penrose; at two, he has not understood the math but he loves these books abo The book is composed of short explanations about math concepts in nature. I am hoping my grandson will someday find this book as fascinating as he does Penrose; at two, he has not understood the math but he loves these books about a mathematical cat for some reason. I am reading this book again as a 'short stories in math' book.
Scientists always seem to be sharing interesting tidbits of history about concepts but my colleagues in math rarely do this professionally. How interesting it is to see the 'pi' relationships outside of the circle. As much as I love learning, I feel deprived that I missed so many exciting links of mathematics. Watching a PBS special recently on fractals sparked my interest in patterns. Let the blind see! Way to go Theoni!! Mar 09, Alex Kartelias rated it liked it Shelves: science-math. I wish someone would have shown me these things when I was young: would have made high school a lot more bearable.
After reading this, I know right off the bat I have no interest in doing math other than for the sake of contemplating these beautiful patterns that show up in nature from the Platonic Solids, Magic Squares, Golden Ratio, Fibonacci sequence, etc. It's amazing how none of these beautiful things get talked about in school and I wish it could be changed. This books proves that mathemat I wish someone would have shown me these things when I was young: would have made high school a lot more bearable.
This books proves that mathematics is not for elites and is available to all who are patient and have an open mind. Apr 17, Brian Sison rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction , math-science. Good, but not great. This books has tiny little snippets of fascinating concepts Coming from a mathematical background, I found little to no material in here new or surprising.
But this book would be good for a non-math-nerd. It has enough data to present ideas simply, yet concisely; and it doesn't delve disgustingly deep into the minutiae of the math.
Feb 03, R. The one to two page illustrated vignettes are about math concepts as diverse and unlikely as "zero" or "the Fibonacci sequence" and "electronics and computing. Jan 18, Skedatt rated it really liked it. I would concur with another reviewer. It would be an awesome bathroom book. The concepts are self-contained with a little historical background all on pages. I wish that I had been introduced to math this way instead of as an isolated subject.
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