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Download and read online The Grapes of Math in PDF and EPUB The best-selling author of Here's Looking at Euclid presents a narrative distillation of complex mathematical concepts that traces historical discoveries, surveys India's World Mathematical Congress and profiles grassroots mathematical luminaries.
Download and read online The Grapes of Math in PDF and EPUB The bestselling author of Alex's Adventures in Numberland returns with a dazzling new book that turns even the most complex math into a brilliantly entertaining narrative. From triangles, rotations and power laws, to fractals, cones and curves, bestselling author Alex Bellos takes you on a journey of mathematical discovery with his signature wit, engaging stories and limitless enthusiasm. As he narrates a series of eye-opening encounters with lively personalities all over the world, Alex demonstrates how numbers have come to be our friends, are fascinating and extremely accessible, and how they have changed our world. He turns even the dreaded calculus into an easy-to-grasp mathematical exposition, and sifts through over 30,000 survey submissions to reveal the world's favourite number. In Germany, he meets the engineer who designed the first roller-coaster loop, whilst in India he joins the world's highly numerate community at the International Congress of Mathematicians. He explores the wonders behind the Game of Life program, and explains mathematical logic, growth and negative numbers. Stateside, he hangs out with a private detective in Oregon and meets the mathematician who looks for universes from his garage in Illinois. Read this captivating book, and you won't realise that you're learning about complex concepts. Alex will get you hooked on maths as he delves deep into humankind's turbulent relationship with numbers, and proves just how much fun we can have with them.
Download and read online Alex s Adventures in Numberland in PDF and EPUB A hugely enjoyable, brilliantly researched explanation of the basic principles of maths.
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