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The Joy of X

A Guided Tour of Math, From One to Infinity
Strogatz, Steven H. (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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In this fun, fast-paced book, Steven Strogatz offers us all a second chance at math. Each short chapter of The Joy of x provides an "Aha!" moment, starting with why numbers are helpful, and moving on to such topics as shapes, calculus, fat tails, and infinity. He explains the ideas of math gently and clearly, with wit, insight, and brilliant illustrations. Assuming no knowledge, only curiosity, he shows how math connects to literature, philosophy, law, medicine, art, business, even pop culture and current events.
Authors: Strogatz, Steven H. (Steven Henry)
Title: The joy of X
a guided tour of math, from one to infinity
Publisher: Boston, MA : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.
Characteristics: xii, 316 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Notes: "An Eamon Dolan book."
Contents: Numbers. From fish to infinity ; Rock groups ; The enemy of my enemy ; Commuting ; Division and its discontents ; Location, location,. location
Relationships. The joy of x ; finding your roots ; My tub runneth over ; Working your quads ; Power tools
Shapes. Square dancing ; Something from nothing ; The conic conspiracy l Sine qua non ; Take it to the limit
Change. Change we can believe in ; It slices, it dices ; All about e ; Loves me, loves me not ; Step into the light
Data. The new normal ; Chances are ; Untangling the Web
Frontiers. The loneliest numbers; Group think ; Twist and shout ; Think globally ; Analyze this! ; The Hilbert Hotel.
Summary: In this fun, fast-paced book, Steven Strogatz offers us all a second chance at math. Each short chapter of The Joy of x provides an "Aha!" moment, starting with why numbers are helpful, and moving on to such topics as shapes, calculus, fat tails, and infinity. He explains the ideas of math gently and clearly, with wit, insight, and brilliant illustrations. Assuming no knowledge, only curiosity, he shows how math connects to literature, philosophy, law, medicine, art, business, even pop culture and current events.
ISBN: 9780547517650
0547517653
Statement of Responsibility: Steven Strogatz
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Mathematics Popular works.
Topical Term: Mathematics
LCCN: 2012017320
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Aug 15, 2014
  • monamimaru rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I always hated math and found it stuffy and rigid and boring, but this book is changing that. Ample illustrations make once complex equations make sense visually, while demonstrating how elegant math is at its core. It's not going to teach you how to do math, aside from a few examples, but it will give you a whole new perspective on it.

Feb 12, 2013
  • jkrambeck rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book about numbers. Not just one of those books that tells you what the number two is, but goes in to detail about mathematics.

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Feb 12, 2013
  • jkrambeck rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

jkrambeck thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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