50 Visions of Mathematics by Sam Parc50 Visions of Mathematics by Sam Parc

50 Visions of Mathematics

EditorSam Parc

Hardcover | May 28, 2014

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Relax: no one understands technical mathematics without lengthy training but we all have an intuitive grasp of the ideas behind the symbols. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), this book is designed to showcase thebeauty of mathematics - including images inspired by mathematical problems - together with its unreasonable effectiveness and applicability, without frying your brain. The book is a collection of 50 original essays contributed by a wide variety of authors. It contains articles by some of the best expositors of the subject (du Sautoy, Singh and Stewart for example) together with entertaining biographical pieces and articles of relevance to our everyday lives (suchas Spiegelhalter on risk and Elwes on medical imaging). The topics covered are deliberately diverse and involve concepts from simple numerology to the very cutting edge of mathematics research. Each article is designed to be read in one sitting and to be accessible to a general audience. There is also other content. There are 50 pictorial "visions of mathematics" which were supplied in response to an open call for contributions from IMA members, Plus readers and the worldwide mathematics community. You'll also find a series of "proofs" of Phythagoras's Theorem - mathematical,literary and comedy - after this, you'll never think of Pythagoras the same way again.
Sam Parc studied mathematics and engineering in the UK, Germany and Australia and has previously worked at the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cambridge, Manchester and Newcastle and at Imperial College London. She works for the UK's Institute of Mathematics and its Applications where she provides a passion for popularising mathematics...
Title:50 Visions of MathematicsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0 inPublished:May 28, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198701810

ISBN - 13:9780198701811


Table of Contents

1. David Acheson: What's the problem with mathematics?2. Alan J. Aw: The mathematics of messages3. John D. Barrow: Decathlon: The art of scoring points4. Greg Bason: Queen Dido and the mathematics of the extreme5. David Berman: Can strings tie things together?6. Ken Bray: Grooves and knuckleballs7. Ellen Brooks-Pollock and Ken Eames: Pigs didn't fly but swine flu8. Chris Budd: Bill Tutte: Unsung Bletchley hero9. Chris Budd and Chris Sangwin: What's the use of a quadratic equation?10. Alan Champneys: Tony Hilton Royle Skyrme11. Carson C. Chow: The mathematics of obesity12. Tony Crilly: It's a small world really13. Graham Divall: How does mathematics help at a murder scene?14. Marcus du Sautoy: Mathematics: The language of the universe15. Richard Elwes: The troublesome geometry of CAT scanning16. Alistair Fitt: The mathematics of sports gamblingPythagoras's Theorem: a217. Marianne Freiberger and Rachel Thomas: A conversation with Freeman Dyson18. Paul Glendinning: A glass of bubbly19. Julia Gog: The influenza virus: It's all in the packaging20. Derek Moulton and Alain Goriely: Mathematicians at the movies: Sherlock Holmes vs Professor Moriarty21. Thilo Gross: Solving the Bristol bridge problem22. David Hand: All ravens are black: Puzzles and paradoxes in probability and statistics23. Andreas Hinz and Marianne Freiberger: The Tower of Hanoi: Where mathematics meets psychology24. Philip Holmes: Career: A sample path25. Steve Humble: Sweets in the jar26. Lisa Jardine: Mary Cartwright27. Adam Jasko: The fallibility of mathematics28. Tom Korner: Anecdotes of Dr Barrow29. Adam Kucharski: Finding Apollo30. Mario Livio: The golden ratio in astronomy and astrophysics31. Peter Lynch: The high-power hypar32. Maarten McKubre-Jordens: This is not a carrot: Paraconsistent mathematics33. Alexander Masters and Simon Norton: The mystery of Groombridge PlacePythagoras's Theorem: b234. Yutaka Nishiyama: Mysterious number 617435. Colva Roney-Dougal and Vince Vatter: Percolating possibilities36. Caroline Series: Milestones on a non-Euclidean journey37. Simon Singh: Simpson's rule38. David Spiegelhalter: Risking your life39. Ian Stewart: Networks and illusions40. Danielle Stretch: Emmy Noether: Against the odds41. Paul Taylor: Of catastrophes and creodes: How maths benefits from collaboration with other fields42. Rachel Thomas: Conic section hide and seek43. Ahmer Wadee: Sir James Lighthill: A life in waves44. Ahmer Wadee and Alan Champneys: Fail safe or fail dangerous45. Paul Williams: Leapfrogging into the future: How child's play is at the heart of weather and climate models46. Eddie Wilson: Motorway mathematics47. Phil Wilson: The philosophy of applied mathematics48. Thomas Woolley: Mighty Morphogenesis49. Andrew Wrigley: Called to the barcode50. Gunter Ziegler: Roughly fifty-fifty?Pythagoras's Theorem: c2