A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
On Sale: October 2, 2012
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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 imagined
Did O.J. do it? How should you flip your mattress to get the
maximum wear out of it? How does Google search the Internet?
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.
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. This
deeply enlightening, vastly entertaining volume translates
math in a way that is at once intelligible and thrilling.
Each trenchant chapter of The Joy of x offers an
â€śaha!â€ť moment, starting with why numbers are so helpful, and
progressing through the wondrous truths implicit in π, the
Pythagorean theorem, irrational numbers, fat tails, even the
rigors and surprising charms of calculus. 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. And he rewards them with clear, ingenious,
and often funny explanations of the most vital and exciting
principles of his discipline.
Whether you aced integral calculus or arenâ€™t sure what an
integer is, youâ€™ll find profound wisdom and persistent
delight in The Joy of x.
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