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Alex's Adventures in Numberland: Dispatches from the Wonderful World of Mathematics

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Counting proper (and associated manipulations of numbers and quantities) took off when civilisations started to grow and rulers needed to know how much land their citizens had and, therefore, how much tax they should pay. SHORTLIST: BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2010 Praise: A mathematical wonder that will leave you hooked on numbers…It’s hard not to get swept away by Bellos’s enthusiasm Daily Telegraph Original and highly entertaining. They have no need to count lots of things and, indeed, see counting endlessly as a ludicrous activity.

At Books2Door, we believe that reading is a fundamental skill that every child should have to help improve their vocabulary, grammar, and critical thinking skills. It's no mean feat to be able to explain concepts like Zeno's paradox, regression to the mean, squaring a circle and Riemann's non-Euclidean geometry without using any equations. It is a chapter that discusses Euclid's Fifth Postulate, which came to be reformulated as the Parallel Postulate: “Given a line and a point not on that line, then there is at most one line that goes through the point and is parallel to the original line. I'm an engineer, so I might be slightly better positioned to understand this text, but the format and language of the book assumes nothing of the reader (without being condescending) and explains every concept in a way that even a lay person will be able to follow.

While I was reading this book , I noticed it was published by Bloomsbury and I remembered that a few years ago they were doing rather poorly until J.

His overriding theme is that preconceptions shaped by culture and biological hard-wiring are unconsciously embedded in our thinking. Exploring the mysteries of randomness, he explains why it is impossible for our iPods to randomly select songs. Packed with fascinating, eye-opening anecdotes, Alex's Adventures in Numberland is an exhilarating cocktail of history, reportage and mathematical proofs that will leave you awestruck. Alex Bellos has a very good way of writing, easy to read and sprinkled, sparingly, with a bit of humour too - thoroughly enjoyable. The slide rule exposed my lack of dexterity, which I blame for a lifelong preference for the directionally correct over pinpoint accuracy.Alex explains the surprising geometry of the 50p piece, and the strategy of how best to gamble it in a casino. There have been books about the history of mathematics before and, I hope, there will be many more in the future. Gamblers wanted to know how to beat the house and, by examining the mathematical patterns and probabilities in a game, were rewarded with intricate ways of gaining a tiny edge. In my opinion it was a more appropriate title, mirroring some of the spirit of Lewis Carroll's verbal playfulness. A tenth anniversary edition of the iconic book about the wonderful world of mathsSunday Times bestseller | Shortlisted for the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize'Original and highly entertaining' Sunday Times'A page turner about humanity's strange, never easy and, above all, never dull relationship with numbers' New Scientist'Will leave you hooked on numbers' Daily TelegraphIn this richly entertaining and accessible book, Alex Bellos explodes the myth that maths is best left to the geeks, and demonstrates the remarkable ways it's linked to our everyday lives.

Bellos has traveled all around the globe and has plunged into history to uncover fascinating stories of mathematical achievement, from the breakthroughs of Euclid, the greatest mathematician of all time, to the creations of the Zen master of origami, one of the hottest areas of mathematical work today. In India he finds the brilliant mathematical insights of the Buddha and in Japan he visits the creator of Sudoku and explores the delights of mathematical games. It also reminded me of the debates I would have as a portfolio analyst with my quant boss about over-reliance on statistical models to predict the fortunes of industry segments. The current record for reciting the digital expansion of pi from memory is held by Akira Haraguchi, a 60 year old retired engineer from Japan. I was instead a believer in the theory that an industry segment collapses under the weight of too much money chasing it, and all you need for that analysis is a critical mass of Wall Street Journal headlines.Statistics therefore became important for states, for economists, and to discover and understand climate change. Our team is made up of book lovers who are dedicated to sourcing and providing the best books for kids. Chapters 0 tells how numbers emerged, evolving from a means of counting items necessary for survival to wholly counter-intuitive abstract concepts.

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