Viser: The Number Mysteries - A Mathematical Odyssey Through Everyday Life
Detaljer Om Varen
- Paperback: 320 sider
- Udgiver: HarperCollins Publishers Limited (Marts 2011)
- ISBN: 9780007309863
From the author of âe~The Music of the Primesâe(tm) and âe~Finding Moonshineâe(tm) comes a short, lively book on five mathematical problems that just refuse be solved âe" and on how many everyday problems can be solved by maths.
Every time we download a song from Itunes, take a flight across the Atlantic or talk on our mobile phones, we are relying on great mathematical inventions. Maths may fail to provide answers to various of its own problems, but it can provide answers to problems that don't seem to be its own âe" how prime numbers are the key to Real Madrid's success, to secrets on the Internet and to the survival of insects in the forests of North America.
In âe~The Number Mysteriesâe(tm), Marcus du Sautoy explains how to fake a Jackson Pollock; how to work out whether or not the universe has a hole in the middle of it; how to make the world's roundest football. He shows us how to see shapes in four dimensions âe" and how maths makes you a better gambler. He tells us about the quest to predict the future âe" from the flight of asteroids to an impending storm, from bending a ball like Beckham to predicting population growth.
It's a book to dip in to; a book to challenge and puzzle âe" and a book that gives us answers.