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The Mathematics of Everyday Life

The Mathematics of Everyday Life
 

If you think of mathematics as a series of pointless classroom exercises without much relevance to real life, this book will change your mind. As the authors show, math is deeply embedded in almost every aspect of daily life--from managing your personal finances, making consumer ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781633883871
Barcode 9781633883871
Release Date 3 December 2018 by Misc - United Book Distributor
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Posamentier, Alfred S.
By Spreitzer, Christian
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ISBN-13 9781633883871
ISBN-10 1633883876
Stock Release date is 3 December 2018
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
Imprint Prometheus Books
Release Date 3 December 2018
International Publication Date 21 August 2018
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Posamentier, Alfred S.
By Spreitzer, Christian
Category Mathematics
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Mathematics
NBS Text Science & Mathematics: Textbooks & Study Guides
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Weight 567g
Dewey Code 510
Catalogue Code 930220

Description of this Book

If you think of mathematics as a series of pointless classroom exercises without much relevance to real life, this book will change your mind. As the authors show, math is deeply embedded in almost every aspect of daily life--from managing your personal finances, making consumer purchases, and sharpening your computational skills, to learning to apply mathematical concepts that will give you a better grasp of both ordinary and extraordinary events and help you better appreciate the world we live in. With some basic geometry under your belt, you'll discover that there is an optimal point on a soccer field from which to shoot a goal. And you'll be more clever with the gears of a bike. If you like to play cards or go to the casino, knowing something about probability will give you an edge. You'll also have an enhanced understanding of the whispering effect inside the Capitol rotunda, why a car's headlights are so bright, and even why sewer covers are round. After reading this entertaining and instructive book, you'll come away with a whole new awareness of how elegantly mathematics explains everyday experiences and observations--from present day items to classical art and architecture.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Spectacular! Once again, Alfred S. Posamentier and Christian Spreitzer have reached into their rich reservoir of numerical knowledge to explain the beauty and eloquence of mathematics. They take us on a vigorous voyage, helping us to understand how math can help us solve problems of everyday life. Even those of us who are 'not good at math' will appreciate how important the basic principles they describe so well are to our daily experiences. --Allen I. Hyman, MD, FCCM, Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology, Columbia University in the City of New York This book is fun! Even for those of us whose study of mathematics was some time ago, the examples and puzzles are easy to understand. We are offered really useful ways of using math in shopping (what is a genuine discount?), converting miles to kilometers (useful when traveling abroad), and completing a host of other everyday tasks. I particularly liked the authors' insistence that using our own 'built-in computer'--our brain--is more fun than using our phone or other devices for everyday calculations. I hope many people read the book and agree with that advice. --Baroness Pauline Perry, formerly Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education Almost everything is math! That's what Posamentier and Spreitzer would like to reveal to us. Wherever you look--in paintings, sports, nature, shopping, or gambling--all of it works with math. Surprising, astonishing, entertaining...This new book tells you all about your unknown life with math. Whether or not you like math, you will like this book. --Gerhard Ackermann, PhD, professor and retired president, Beuth University of Applied Sciences, Berlin

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Author's Bio

After reading this entertaining and instructive book, you'll come away with a whole new awareness of how elegantly mathematics explains everyday experiences and observations--from present day items to classical art and architecture.

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