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The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Strogatz, Steven
ISBN: 0544105850     ISBN-13: 9780544105850
Publisher: Mariner Books
    OUR PRICE: $14.36  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: October 2013
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Annotation: A comprehensive tour of leading mathematical ideas demonstrates how math intersects with philosophy, science, and other aspects of everyday life.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Mathematics; Popular works.
BISAC Categories:
- Mathematics | History & Philosophy
- Mathematics | Applied
Dewey: 510
LCCN: bl2013040801
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.50" W x 1.00" (0.60 lbs) 316 pages
 
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Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 July #2)

Even the most math-phobic readers might forget their dread after just a few pages of Strogatz's (The Calculus of Friendship) latest. The author, a Cornell professor of applied mathematics, begins with arithmetic, by way of Sesame Street, then explores algebra, geometry, and, finally, the wonders of calculus—all done cheerfully, with many a wry turn of phrase. From addition and subtraction, with a glimpse into negative numbers and "the black art of borrowing," it's a quick step into the hardcore detective work of algebra's search for the unknown x, with algorithms like the quadratic equation, "the Rodney Dangerfield of algebra" ("it don't get no respect"). Strogatz rhapsodizes over geometry, which he sees as a marriage of logic and intuition that teaches how to build arguments, step by rigorous step, and geometry's "loosey-goosey" offshoot, topology. Brisk chapters on prime numbers, basic statistics, and probability are all enlightening without being intimidating. Most impressive is Strogatz's coverage of calculus, the math used to figure out everything from how fast epidemics spread to the trajectory of a curveball. Readers will appreciate this lighthearted and thoroughly entertaining book. Illus. (Oct.)

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