The joy of x a guided tour of math from one to infinity
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When I was at school, in the Eighties, the study of mathematics was still synonymous with the naff ties and dandruffed professors of the Open University. How does Google search the Internet? Math underpins everything in the cosmos, including us, yet too few of us understand this universal language well enough to revel in its wisdom, its beauty and its joy. As a result, the reader either feels shouted at or seasick. In other hands and on other subjects, books that spring from successful newspaper columns can be a structural disaster. This is at the heart of algebra. In 2007 he received the Communications Award, a lifetime achievement award for the communication of mathematics to the general public.

The information is presented in an authoritative yet pleasant manner - as though the author is gently guiding the potentially hesitant reader through a world of painless discovery and surprising wonder. Speakers Steven Strogatz Steven Strogatz is a professor of applied mathematics at Cornell University. I suspect that the math-phobic are the readers who risk being the most enchanted by this book. A fantastic book on the beauty and elegance of math contrasted with the mysteries and paradoxes. As suggested in this review's title, the author's writing style is very friendly, chatty, light-hearted, engaging and clear. In 2007 he received the Communications Award, a lifetime achievement award for the communication of mathematics to the general public. All of this has helped to restore mathematics to its rightful place in the popular consciousness as both sexy and significant.

In a bookshop I visited in the run-up to Christmas, it was virtually impossible to locate the shelves dedicated to sport, yet non-fiction books about maths and mathematicians crowded the display tables. This deeply enlightening, vastly entertaining volume translates math in a way that is at once intelligible and thrilling. Hint: the answer is given in the previous sentence, sort of. Thinking of getting hard copy if on sale. However, I was surprised how much I learned from this part. Showing why he has won awards as a professor at Cornell and garnered extensive praise for his articles about math for the New York Times, Strogatz presumes of his readers only curiosity and common sense. Question: What did the mermaid wear to math class? And he rewards them with clear, ingenious, and often funny explanations of the most vital and exciting principles of his discipline.

Great analogies that can be shared with students or others to provoke deep thought. Those with a fairly sophisticated knowledge might resent their hand being held quite so tightly. How does math relate to zebra stripes, sunsets and even your dating life? However, if, like me, you have long gazed up at the snowy peaks of mathematics in mute awe, this book will get you to base camp. A truly enjoyable and worthwhile read! But math plays a part in all of our lives all of the time, whether we know it or not. This is where enters the fray.

Steven Strogatz is a professor of applied mathematics at Cornell University. In conclusion, this book provides a good, basic, and fun exploration of mathematics. Almost read all in one sitting. Math underpins everything in the cosmos, including us, yet too few of us understand this universal language well enough to revel in its wisdom, its beauty â€” and its joy. I leave you with this word problem found in this book: Imagine a bathtub with two faucets, one for cold water and the other for hot water.

Here we enter the realms of geometry and trigonometry. Today, the subject is the acme of fashion. If the cold-water faucet can fill the tub in a half-hour, and the hot-water faucet can fill it in an hour, how long will it take to fill the tub when they're running together? Whether he is illuminating how often you should flip your mattress to get the maximum lifespan from it, explaining just how Google searches the internet, or determining how many people you should date before settling down, Strogatz shows how math connects to every aspect of life. How should you flip your mattress to get the maximum wear out of it? Math underpins everything in the cosmos, including us, yet too few of us understand this universal language well enough to revel in its wisdom, its beauty â€” and its joy. How many people should you date before settling down? Why are numbers so helpful? How should you flip your mattress to get the maximum wear out of it? As the title of this ingenious primer suggests, the sex appeal of mathematics is rising at an almost exponential rate.

Calculus made it possible to predict the motions of planets, the rhythm of the tides, and almost every other form of continuous change in the universe. Strogatz also has a gift for applying mathematical methods to unlikely subjects, such as why a misunderstanding of probability confused both legal teams during the trial of O J Simpson, why you should spend precisely 37 per cent of your single life playing the field and how the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet can be predicted by plotting a graph of their fluctuating ardour using differential equations. In The Joy of x, Steven Strogatz expands on his hit New York Times series to explain the big ideas of math gently and clearly, with wit, insight, and brilliant illustrations. A world-class mathematician and regular contributor to the New York Times hosts a delightful tour of the greatest ideas of math, revealing how it connects to literature, philosophy, law, medicine, art, business, even pop culture in ways we never imaginedDid O. Here, the discussion on medical statistics is extremely valuable and is something that, I believe, everyone should be intimately familiar with - especially medical doctors. In addition, the author has included several anecdotes and side issues that help enliven the text.

How many people should you date before settling down? Believe it or not, math plays a crucial role in answering all of these questions and more. However, it's also good for those who want a good review of basic concepts of mathematics. Whether you aced integral calculus or aren't sure what an integer is, you'll find profound wisdom and persistent delight in The Joy of x. Discussing pop culture, medicine, law, philosophy, art, and business, Strogatz is the math teacher you wish you'd had. Hint: the answer is not 45 minutes. Well written, easy to digest.

For me, The Joy of X proved the perfect maths lesson: lucid, illuminating and short. There are only two prerequisites needed to understand this book: curiosity and common sense. . Believe it or not, math plays a crucial role in answering all of these questions and more. The topics covered are quite varied but always include practical examples that are very valuable in explaining the subject in focus.