The Grapes Of Math: How Life Reflects Numbers And Numbers Reflect Life

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The Grapes Of Math: How Life Reflects Numbers And Numbers Reflect Life

by Alex Bellos

Doubleday Canada | June 10, 2014 | Hardcover

The Grapes Of Math: How Life Reflects Numbers And Numbers Reflect Life is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 9.31 × 6.31 × 1.23 in

Published: June 10, 2014

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385671806

ISBN - 13: 9780385671804

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Interesting Collection In a prose that is commendably clear, lively, often witty, engaging and highly accessible, the author discusses a sampling of various branches of mathematics and some of their applications in the real world. Many topics are discussed here: Benford’s Law, Kleiber’s Law, triangles, conic sections, Fourier series, exponentials, logarithms, calculus, complex numbers, mathematical proofs and cellular automatons to name some. In each case, the author guides the reader through the basics and gently shows how beautiful and useful mathematics can be. Just as any other book of this sort, some mathematical topics presented can be much more interesting to a given reader than other topics that are also included. This was certainly the case here as far as my own personal preferences are concerned. However, overall, I found this to be quite an enjoyable read. Because of the friendly manner in which the topics are presented I believe that this book is a valuable addition to the ever-growing library of books on mathematics written with the general reader in mind.
Date published: 2015-03-31

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The Grapes Of Math: How Life Reflects Numbers And Numbers Reflect Life

The Grapes Of Math: How Life Reflects Numbers And Numbers Reflect Life

by Alex Bellos

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 9.31 × 6.31 × 1.23 in

Published: June 10, 2014

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385671806

ISBN - 13: 9780385671804

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

ALEX BELLOS is an author, print journalist and broadcaster who specializes in maths, science and South America. His previous books are both bestsellers: Alex's Adventures in Numberland, about math, and Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life, about Brazil seen through the lens of soccer. Bellos also ghost-wrote the autobiography of Pelé. The author lives in London, UK and Rio de Janeiro.

Editorial Reviews

“Bellos, a natural storyteller, moves smoothly from simple topics to those more complex. . . .  [He] deftly shows readers why math is so important, and why it can be so much fun.”
Publishers Weekly
 
“British math geek Alex Bellos regales readers with dozens of nutty but true stories. . . . The amiable Bellos is a people person at heart, one who has compassion for those of us who feel a bit uncomfortable around a whole lot of numbers.”
The Boston Globe

“A readable, fascinating exploration of some higher math. . . . There is a lot of cool stuff for the math-curious in here (Benford’s Law, Conway’s Game of Life, how to fairly divide a cake between three people) presented in a lively manner not seen in the old math textbooks.”
—Mother Jones
 
“I highly recommend checking out Bellos’ new book, The Grapes of Math.”
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