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How Numbers Work: Discover the strange and beautiful world of mathematics (Instant Expert)

How Numbers Work: Discover the strange and beautiful world of mathematics (Instant Expert)

Current price: $18.95
Publication Date: May 1st, 2018
Publisher:
Nicholas Brealey
ISBN:
9781473670358
Pages:
224
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Description

Discover the incredible connection between numbers and reality itself!
Think of a number between one and ten...No, hang on, let's make this interesting. Between zero and infinity. Even if you stick to the whole numbers, there are a lot to choose from - an infinite number in fact. Throw in decimal fractions and infinity suddenly gets an awful lot bigger (is that even possible?). And then there are the negative numbers, the imaginary numbers, the irrational numbers like pi which never end. It literally never ends.

The world of numbers is indeed strange and beautiful. Among its inhabitants are some really notable characters - pi, e, the square root of minus two and the famous golden ratio to name just a few. Prime numbers occupy a special status. Zero is very odd indeed. And even some apparently common-or-garden integers such as 37 have special properties.

How Numbers Work takes a tour of this mind-blowing but beautiful world of numbers and the mathematical rules that connect them. Find out mathematicians' favourite numbers, and the ones they are afraid of (spoiler: it isn't 13). Take a crash course in the biggest unsolved problems that keep mathematicians up at night. And learn some amazing mathematical tricks that will keep you amused for hours.

About the Author

New Scientist Instant Expert books are definitive and accessible entry points to the most important subjects in science; subjects that challenge, attract debate, invite controversy and engage the most enquiring minds. Designed for curious readers who want to know how things work and why, the Instant Expert series explores the topics that really matter and their impact on individuals, society, and the planet, translating the scientific complexities around us into language that's open to everyone, and putting new ideas and discoveries into perspective and context.