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Chances Are...: Adventures In Probability

By: Kaplan, Michael

Price: $8.00

Publisher: 9/21/2014

Seller ID: 9780670034871

ISBN: 0670034878

Condition: USED


A layman's journey into the realm of probability-from poker to politics, weather to war, Monte Carlo to mortality We search for certainty, but find only likelihood. All things are possible, only one thing actually happens; everything else is in the realm of probability. The twin disciplines of probability and statistics underpin every modern science and sketch the shape of all purposeful group activity- politics, economics, medicine, law, sports-giving humans a handle on the essential uncertainty of their existence. Yet while we are all aware of the hard facts, most of us still refuse to ... View more info

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Out of the Labyrinth: Setting Mathematics Free

By: Kaplan, Robert

Price: $5.00

Seller ID: 9780195147445

ISBN: 0195147448

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Who hasn't feared the math Minotaur in its labyrinth of abstractions? Now, in Out of the Labyrinth, Robert and Ellen Kaplan--the founders of The Math Circle, the popular learning program begun at Harvard in 1994--reveal the secrets behind their highly successful approach, leading readers out of the labyrinth and into the joyous embrace of mathematics. Written with the same wit and clarity that made Robert Kaplan's The Nothing That Is an international bestseller, Out of the Labyrinth offers an engaging and practical guide for parents and educators, and a delight for anyone interested in sha... View more info

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Mathematical Thought From Ancient to Modern Times Vol. 2

By: Kline, Morris

Price: $6.00

Publisher: OXFORD UNIV PR: 7/7/2010

Seller ID: 9780195061369

ISBN: 0195061365

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Golden Ratio: The Story of PHI, the World's Most Astonishing Number

By: Livio, Mario

Price: $5.00

Publisher: BROADWAY BOOKS: 2/26/2016

Seller ID: 9780767908160

ISBN: 0767908163

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Throughout history, thinkers from mathematicians to theologians have pondered the mysterious relationship between numbers and the nature of reality. In this fascinating book, Mario Livio tells the tale of a number at the heart of that mystery: "phi," or 1.6180339887...This curious mathematical relationship, widely known as "The Golden Ratio," was discovered by Euclid more than two thousand years ago because of its crucial role in the construction of the pentagram, to which magical properties had been attributed. Since then it has shown a propensity to appear in the most astonishing variety of ... View more info

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Equation That Couldn't Be Solved: How Mathematical Genius Discovered the Languag

By: Livio, Mario

Price: $6.00

Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER: 6/16/2016

Seller ID: 9780743258210

ISBN: 0743258215

Condition: USED


What do Bach's compositions, Rubik's Cube, the way we choose our mates, and the physics of subatomic particles have in common? All are governed by the laws of symmetry, which elegantly unify scientific and artistic principles. Yet the mathematical language of symmetry-known as group theory-did not emerge from the study of symmetry at all, but from an equation that couldn't be solved. For thousands of years mathematicians solved progressively more difficult algebraic equations, until they encountered the quintic equation, which resisted solution for three centuries. Working independently, ... View more info

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Mathematician's Lament: How School Cheats us Out of Our Most Fascinating and Ima

By: Lockhart, Paul

Price: $4.00

Publisher: BELLEVUE LITERARY PR:

Seller ID: 9781934137178

ISBN: 1934137170

Condition: USED


"One of the best critiques of current mathematics education I have ever seen."--Keith Devlin, math columnist on NPR's "Morning Edition"A brilliant research mathematician who has devoted his career to teaching kids reveals math to be creative and beautiful and rejects standard anxiety-producing teaching methods. Witty and accessible, Paul Lockhart's controversial approach will provoke spirited debate among educators and parents alike and it will alter the way we think about math forever.Paul Lockhart, has taught mathematics at Brown University and UC Santa Cruz. Since 2000, he has dedi... View more info

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To Infinity and Beyond: A Cultural History of the Infinite

By: Maor, Eli

Price: $6.00

Publisher: PRINCETON UNIV PR: 10/9/2011

Seller ID: 9780691025117

ISBN: 0691025118

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Eli Maor examines the role of infinity in mathematics and geometry and its cultural impact on the arts and sciences. He evokes the profound intellectual impact the infinite has exercised on the human mind--from the "horror infiniti" of the Greeks to the works of M. C. Escher; from the ornamental designs of the Moslems, to the sage Giordano Bruno, whose belief in an infinite universe led to his death at the hands of the Inquisition. But above all, the book describes the mathematician's fascination with infinity--a fascination mingled with puzzlement. "Maor explores the idea of infinity in ma... View more info

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Godel's Proof

By: Nage, Ernest

Price: $7.50

Publisher: NEW YORK UNIV PR:

Seller ID: 9780814758168

ISBN: 0814758169

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In 1931 Kurt Godel published his fundamental paper, "On Formally Undecidable Propositions of "Principia Mathematica" and Related Systems." This revolutionary paper challenged certain basic assumptions underlying much research in mathematics and logic. Godel received public recognition of his work in 1951 when he was awarded the first Albert Einstein Award for achievement in the natural sciences--perhaps the highest award of its kind in the United States. The award committee described his work in mathematical logic as "one of the greatest contributions to the sciences in recent times."How... View more info

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An Imaginary Tale: The Story of the Square Root of -1

By: Nahin, Paul J.

Price: $6.50

Seller ID: 9780691027951

ISBN: 0691027951

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Today complex numbers have such widespread practical use--from electrical engineering to aeronautics--that few people would expect the story behind their derivation to be filled with adventure and enigma. In "An Imaginary Tale," Paul Nahin tells the 2000-year-old history of one of mathematics' most elusive numbers, the square root of minus one, also known as "i." He recreates the baffling mathematical problems that conjured it up, and the colorful characters who tried to solve them.In 1878, when two brothers stole a mathematical papyrus from the ancient Egyptian burial site in the Valley... View more info

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Beautiful Mind, A: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash

By: Nash/Nasar, Sylvia

Price: $4.00

Publisher: 4/7/2016

Seller ID: 9780743224574

ISBN: 0743224574

Condition: USED


How could you, a mathematician, believe that extraterrestrials were sending you messages?" the visitor from Harvard asked the West Virginian with the movie-star looks and Olympian manner. "Because the ideas I had about supernatural beings came to me the same way my mathematical ideas did," came the answer. "So I took them seriously." Thus begins the true story of John Nash, the mathematical genius who was a legend by age thirty when he slipped into madness, and who -- thanks to the selflessness of a beautiful woman and the loyalty of the mathematics community -- emerged after decades o... View more info

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Golden Section: Nature's Greatest Secret

By: Olsen, Scott

Price: $6.00

Publisher: FRANK R WALKER CO (IL): 3/29/2012

Seller ID: 9780802715395

ISBN: 0802715397

Condition: USED


A concise and useful handbook on the Golden Section--also known as the Golden Ratio and Golden Mean. The Golden Section is a line segment divided into two parts, such that the ratio of the short portion to the longer portion is equal to the ratio of the longer portion to the whole. It is one of the most elegant and beautiful ratios of the mathematical universe because of its combination of elegance and simplicity--hence the divine nature of its name. Drawing on art, architecture, philosophy, nature, mathematics, geometry, and music--and beautifully illustrated in the Wooden Books fashion with ... View more info

Weil Conjectures: On Math and the Pursuit of the Unknown

By: Olsson, Karen

Price: $7.50

Seller ID: 9780374287610R

ISBN: 9780374287610R

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Weil Conjectures: On Math and the Pursuit of the Unknown

By: Olsson, Karen

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Seller ID: 9780374287610

ISBN: 0374287619

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Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel

By: Padgett, Jason

Price: $6.50

Publisher: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN:

Seller ID: 9780544045606

ISBN: 0544045602

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Innumeracy : Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

By: Paulos, John Allen

Price: $5.00

Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER: 12/12/2015

Seller ID: 9780809058402

ISBN: 0809058405

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Why do even well-educated people understand so little about mathematics? And what are the costs of our innumeracy? John Allen Paulos, in his celebrated bestseller first published in 1988, argues that our inability to deal rationally with very large numbers and the probabilities associated with them results in misinformed governmental policies, confused personal decisions, and an increased susceptibility to pseudoscience of all kinds. Innumeracy lets us know what we're missing, and how we can do something about it. Sprinkling his discussion of numbers and probabilities with quirky stories a... View more info

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Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

By: Paulos, John Allen

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Seller ID: 9780385482547

ISBN: 038548254X

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With the same user-friendly, quirky, and perceptive approach that made "Innumeracy" a bestseller, John Allen Paulos travels though the pages of the daily newspaper showing how math and numbers are a key element in many of the articles we read every day. From the Senate, SATs, and sex, to crime, celebrities, and cults, he takes stories that may not seem to involve mathematics at all and demonstrates how a lack of mathematical knowledge can hinder our understanding of them. View more info

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Once Upon a Number: The Hidden Mathematical Logic Of Stories

By: Paulos, John Allen

Price: $5.00

Publisher: BASIC BOOKS:

Seller ID: 9780465051595

ISBN: 0465051596

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What two things could be more different than numbers and stories? Numbers are abstract, certain, and eternal, but to most of us somewhat dry and bloodless. Good stories are full of life: they engage our emotions and have subtlety and nuance, but they lack rigor and the truths they tell are elusive and subject to debate. As ways of understanding the world around us, numbers and stories seem almost completely incompatible."Once Upon a Number" shows that stories and numbers aren't as different as you might imagine, and in fact they have surprising and fascinating connections. The concepts of logi... View more info

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Jungles of Randomness: A Mathematical Safari

By: Peterson, Ivars

Price: $5.00

Seller ID: 9780471164494

ISBN: 0471164496

Condition: USED


"Peterson's knowledge of and affection for mathematics comes through with every word."--San Diego Union Tribune. "Peterson is, in short, the math teacher everyone wishes they had in high school."--Publishers Weekly. "Peterson has honed his explanatory skills finely. He is a readable guide through the tangles of probability and random chance. The Jungles of Randomness will give some insight into one of the most fruitful areas where math meets practical living."--Christian Science Monitor. The delightful trek through the exotic and powerful world of randomness. Popular math autho... View more info

Mathematical Tourist

By: Peterson, Ivars

Price: $7.00

Publisher: 1/15/2011

Seller ID: 0716719533

ISBN: 0716719533

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Statistics Done Wrong: The Woefully Complete Guide

By: Reinhart, Alex

Price: $10.00

Publisher: NO STARCH PR:

Seller ID: 9781593276201

ISBN: 1593276206

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