Do I count? : stories from mathematics
QA99 .Z5413 2014
- Unknown QA99 .Z5413 2014
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-206) and index.
- On the Number Line 3-Can Bees Count? 5-Can Chickens Compute? 10-And the Name of the Rose 13-Bad Luck? 42-The Answer to Everything? 91-The Numbers on the Bone 1729-Hardy's Taxi 119/100-High Percentages pi-As Beautiful as the Mona Lisa? -1-Victim of a Character Assassination chi0-The End of the Number Line? The Never-Ending Story of Prime Numbers Euclid Is Still Right How Many Prime Numbers Are There? Fermat Made a Mistake The "Mozart of Mathematics" Makes Use of an Error Another Search for Errors The Mathematical Perspective Estimates Random Numbers Everything Far Above Average Integers Caution: Equations Equations for Everything? The Body Mass Index The Huntington Affair Pythagoras Lives Equations as Art The Small Puzzles Sudokus 3x + 1 The Perfect Monster The Great Puzzles Where Mathematics Is Created At the Desk At the Coffee Machine At the Cafe In the Computer In Bed In Captivity In an Attic Room in Princeton On a Beach In a Paradise with a Library Knowledge in the ArXiv Research in the Internet? The Book of Proofs About Proofs Concerning Errors About Computer Proofs Concerning Precision Concerning Surprises Three Legends Mathematician vs. Mathematician Was It Kovalevskaya's Fault? The Disappearance of Alexander Grothendieck What Kinds of People Are These? Paul Erdos: Traveler Gian-Carlo Rota: Provocateur Persi Diaconis: Magician Daniel Biss: Politician Caroline Lasser: Colleague What Mathematicians Can Do Self-Confidence and Visions "Unfortunately Difficult" vs. "The Right Stuff" Record Races You Know More Math Than You Think "Mathematics Is ..." Read More Index.
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- Publisher's Summary
- The subject of mathematics is not something distant, strange, and abstract that you can only learn about-and often dislike-in school. It is in everyday situations, such as housekeeping, communications, traffic, and weather reports. Taking you on a trip into the world of mathematics, Do I Count? Stories from Mathematics describes in a clear and captivating way the people behind the numbers and the places where mathematics is made. Written by top scientist and engaging storyteller Gunter M. Ziegler and translated by Thomas von Foerster, the book presents mathematics and mathematicians in a manner that you have not previously encountered. It guides you on a scenic tour through the field, pointing out which beds were useful in constructing which theorems and which notebooks list the prizes for solving particular problems. Forgoing esoteric areas, the text relates mathematics to celebrities, history, travel, politics, science and technology, weather, clever puzzles, and the future. *Can bees count? *Is 13 bad luck? *Are there equations for everything? *What's the real practical value of the Pythagorean Theorem? *Are there Sudoku puzzles with fewer than 17 entries and just one solution? *Where and how do mathematicians work? *Who invented proofs and why do we need them? *Why is there no Nobel Prize for mathematics? *What kind of life did Paul Erdos lead? Find out the answers to these and other questions in this entertaining book of stories. You'll see that everyone counts, but no computation is needed.
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- Publication date
- Günter M. Ziegler ; translated by Thomas von Foerster.
- "An A K Peters book."
- "Originally published in German as Darf ich Zahlen? : Geschichten aus der Mathematik ... 2010 by Piper Verlag GmbH, Müchen"--Title page verso.
- 9781466564916 (paperback : acid-free paper)
- 1466564911 (paperback : acid-free paper)