The Mystery of the Aleph
Mathematics, the Kabbalah, and the Search for Infinity
Paperback ISBN: 0743422996
The author of Fermat's Last Theorem journeys into the mysterious world of Georg Cantor, a Russian-born German mathematician, who developed set theory, the concept of infinite numbers, and the "continuum hypothesis," but who was condemned by his peers and who spent many years in an asylum. Reprint.
How to Lie With Statistics
Paperback ISBN: 0393310728
Darrell Huff runs the gamut of every popularly used type of statistic, probes such things as the sample study, the tabulation method, the interview technique, or the way results are derived from the figures, and points up the countless number of dodges which are used to fool rather than to inform.
2nd Edition Paperback ISBN: 0764134345
Provides a set of easy steps that lead to an understanding of elementary algebra. This book contains definitions of all terms, points out potential pitfalls in algebraic calculation, and makes problem solving a fun activity. It includes approaches to understanding and graphing linear equations, solving systems of linear inequalities, and more.
Paperback ISBN: 0764539841
CliffsQuickReview course guides cover the essentials of your toughest classes. You're sure to get a firm grip on core concepts and key material and be ready for the test with this guide at your side. Whether you're new to functions, analytic geometry, and matrices or just brushing up on those topics, CliffsQuickReview Precalculus can help. This guide introduces each topic, defines key terms, and walks you through each sample problem step-by-step. In no time, you'll be ready to tackle other concepts in this book such as - Arithmetic and algebraic skills - Functions and their graphs - Polynomials, including binomial expansion - Right and oblique angle trigonometry - Equations and graphs of conic sections - Matrices and their application to systems of equations CliffsQuickReview Precalculus acts as a supplement to your textbook and to classroom lectures. Use this reference in any way that fits your personal style for study and review — you decide what works best with your needs. You can either read the book from cover to cover or just look for the information you want and put it back on the shelf for later. What's more, you can - Use the free Pocket Guide full of essential information - Get a glimpse of what you’ll gain from a chapter by reading through the Chapter Check-In at the beginning of each chapter - Use the Chapter Checkout at the end of each chapter to gauge your grasp of the important information you need to know - Test your knowledge more completely in the CQR Review and look for additional sources of information in the CQR Resource Center - Use the glossary to find key terms fast. With titles available for all the most popular high school and college courses, CliffsQuickReview guides are a comprehensive resource that can help you get the best possible grades.
Q. E. D
Beauty in Mathematical Proof
Hardcover ISBN: 0802714315
Q.E.D. presents some of the most famous mathematical proofs in a charming book that will appeal to nonmathematicians and math experts alike. Grasp in an instant why Pythagoras’s theorem must be correct. Follow the ancient Chinese proof of the volume formula for the frustrating frustum, and Archimedes’ method for finding the volume of a sphere. Discover the secrets of pi and why, contrary to popular belief, squaring the circle really is possible. Study the subtle art of mathematical domino tumbling, and find out how slicing cones helped save a city and put a man on the moon.
The Golden Ratio
The Story of Phi, the World's Most Astonishing Number
Paperback ISBN: 0767908163
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. Reprint.
Infinity And The Mind
The Science And Philosophy Of The Infinite
Paperback ISBN: 0691121273
In Infinity and the Mind, Rudy Rucker leads an excursion to that stretch of the universe he calls the "Mindscape," where he explores infinity in all its forms: potential and actual, mathematical and physical, theological and mundane. Rucker acquaints us with GÃ¶del's rotating universe, in which it is theoretically possible to travel into the past, and explains an interpretation of quantum mechanics in which billions of parallel worlds are produced every microsecond. It is in the realm of infinity, he maintains, that mathematics, science, and logic merge with the fantastic. By closely examining the paradoxes that arise from this merging, we can learn a great deal about the human mind, its powers, and its limitations.Using cartoons, puzzles, and quotations to enliven his text, Rucker guides us through such topics as the paradoxes of set theory, the possibilities of physical infinities, and the results of GÃ¶del's incompleteness theorems. His personal encounters with GÃ¶del the mathematician and philosopher provide a rare glimpse at genius and reveal what very few mathematicians have dared to admit: the transcendent implications of Platonic realism.