Beautiful, Simple, Exact, Crazy: Mathematics In The Real World by Apoorva KhareBeautiful, Simple, Exact, Crazy: Mathematics In The Real World by Apoorva Khare

Beautiful, Simple, Exact, Crazy: Mathematics In The Real World

byApoorva Khare, Anna Lachowska

Paperback | August 25, 2015

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In this vibrant work, which is ideal for both teaching and learning, Apoorva Khare and Anna Lachowska explain the mathematics essential for understanding and appreciating our quantitative world. They show with examples that mathematics is a key tool in the creation and appreciation of art, music, and literature, not just science and technology. The book covers basic mathematical topics from logarithms to statistics, but the authors eschew mundane finance and probability problems. Instead, they explain how modular arithmetic helps keep our online transactions safe, how logarithms justify the twelve-tone scale commonly used in music, and how transmissions by deep space probes are similar to knights serving as messengers for their traveling prince. Ideal for coursework in introductory mathematics and requiring no knowledge of calculus, Khare and Lachowska’s enlightening mathematics tour will appeal to a wide audience.
Apoorva Khare is currently a research associate in mathematics and statistics at Stanford University. Anna Lachowska is a lecturer in mathematics at Yale University.
Title:Beautiful, Simple, Exact, Crazy: Mathematics In The Real WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.99 inPublished:August 25, 2015Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300190891

ISBN - 13:9780300190892

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Enjoyable In this book, the authors cover quite a variety of mathematical topics, featuring mainly algebra, including exponents, logarithms and series, as well as probability and statistics. Each chapter has its special focus topic in which the particular mathematics of interest is introduced, followed by practical, real-world applications. Plenty of examples populate each chapter in order to give the reader a good sense of how problems in this area can be solved. I found reading this book to be most enjoyable. The authors are clear and concise in their topical presentations as well as in most of their derivations/proofs; however, I did find a few of the latter a bit awkward to follow compared to the same derivations/proofs in other texts. I agree that this book can be quite useful in a university mathematics course aimed at non-mathematics/science majors, as proposed by the authors. But, I also believe that it can be enjoyed by science and mathematics enthusiasts, like me, who just want a pleasant review of some of the basics as well as to relish the amazing variety of real-world applications in which these can be used.
Date published: 2017-10-06

Editorial Reviews

“The authors have assembled a fascinating group of very interesting topics.”—Richard Bedient, Hamilton College