The Golden Ratio
The Story of Phi, the World's Most Astonishing Number
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0767908155
From the author of The Accelerating Universe comes a thought-provoking look at phi or "The Golden Ratio," discovered by Euclid more than two thousand years ago, examining the meaning of this remarkable mathematical proportion in terms of science, biology, art and architecture, philosophy, and other fields.
The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace
Paperback ISBN: 0684865246
The history of geometry in relation to "space" discusses the contributions of Pythagoras, the advent of Albert Einstein's "fourth dimension," and the discovery of seven more dimensions by Princeton mathematician Edward Witten.
Rock, Paper, Scissors
Game Theory in Everyday Life
Paperback ISBN: 0465009387
A leading physicist and author of How to Dunk a Doughnut critically analyzes the modern science of game theory, its implications for understanding the evolution of cooperation in nature, and its applications in everyday human life, from the polite confines of an English dinner party to baseball strategies, quantum mechanics, and global diplomacy. Original.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Algebra
2nd Edition Paperback ISBN: 1592576486
Enhanced by easier-to-read graphs and additional practice problems, an introduction to algebra covers the basic principles of mathematics, including linear equations, inequalities, polynomials, exponents, logarithms, word problems, and more, all written in an easy-to-undertand style. Original.
Euclid in the Rainforest
Discovering Universal Truth in Logic And Math
Paperback ISBN: 0452287839
Like Douglas HofstadterÂ's GÃ¶del, Escher, Bach, and David BerlinskiÂ's A Tour of the Calculus, Euclid in the Rainforest combines the literary with the mathematical to explore logicÂ—the one indispensable tool in manÂ's quest to understand the world. Underpinning both math and science, it is the foundation of every major advancement in knowledge since the time of the ancient Greeks. Through adventure stories and historical narratives populated with a rich and quirky cast of characters, Mazur artfully reveals the less-than-airtight nature of logic and the muddled relationship between math and the real world. Ultimately, Mazur argues, logical reasoning is not purely robotic. At its most basic level, it is a creative process guided by our intuitions and beliefs about the world. BACKCOVER: Â“This charming book radiates love of mathematics and of life . . . A treasure of human experience and intellectual excitement.Â
Euclid In The Rainforest
Discovering Universal Truth in Logic and Math
Hardcover ISBN: 0131479946
Mazur (mathematics, Marlboro College), like many a mathematician before him, seeks the truth. How he goes about it is to examine three kinds of logic, those from the ancient Greeks, the strange logic of infinity, and the everyday, practical, plausible logic that basically drives most scientific inquiry today. In a series of 16 zippy chapters, Mazur looks into what logic actually is and how and when it shows up, the various configurations of infinity as they strike such disparate surfaces as set theory and irrational numbers, and the ordinary, everyday logic that underlies the math that may or may not reflect the real world. Mazur's appendices double as very well-explained exercises. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)