The Universe and the Teacup: The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty

Paperback | March 31, 1999

byK. C. Cole

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Mathematics, that breathtaking invention of ours that reveals the tiniest particles of matter and takes us to the outermost reaches of the cosmos, is found by many people to be intimidating. In The Universe and the Teacup, K. C. Cole demystifies mathematics and shows us-with humor and wonderfully accessible stories-why math need not be frightening. Using the O. J. Simpson trial, the bell curve, and Emmy Noether, the nineteenth-century woman scientist whose work was essential for Einstein's theory of relativity, Cole helps us see that more than just being a tool, math is a key to understanding the beauty of everything from rainbows to relativity.

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Many believe that if people learn about the history of mathematics, more men and women would pursue mathematically-related careers. K.C. Cole shares her vast knowledge of famous male and female mathematicians and their works in The Universe and the Teacup: The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty. Moreover, the author provides examples that...

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Mathematics, that breathtaking invention of ours that reveals the tiniest particles of matter and takes us to the outermost reaches of the cosmos, is found by many people to be intimidating. In The Universe and the Teacup, K. C. Cole demystifies mathematics and shows us-with humor and wonderfully accessible stories-why math need not be...

A popular science columnist for the Los Angeles Times and teacher at UCLA, K.C. Cole is a recipient of the 1995 American Institute of Physics Award for Best Science Writing. She is also the author of the internationally bestselling The Universe and the Teacup, First You Build a Cloud, and The Hole in the Universe. Cole lives in Santa ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.02 × 5.3 × 0.65 inPublished:March 31, 1999Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780156006569

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Many believe that if people learn about the history of mathematics, more men and women would pursue mathematically-related careers. K.C. Cole shares her vast knowledge of famous male and female mathematicians and their works in The Universe and the Teacup: The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty. Moreover, the author provides examples that illustrate just how vital a role math plays in our daily lives.

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'Even the most confirmed mathophobe should find it an easy read, and possibly even a fascinating one. . . . Science journalism can be a frustrating craft. . . . K. C. Cole of the Los Angeles Times is one of the best.-The Boston Globe'A most unusual book, one with no math in it at all . . . Cole's beguiling and lucid book provides fresh insights into the crucial role that mathematics plays in science. . . . With lighthearted wit, she makes clear how numbers alone can explain so much but never all."-San Francisco Chronicle'Cole helps to teach us that math is more than just a tool to balance our checkbooks. It's the key to understanding the beauty of a rainbow and to discovering our true place in the universe."-Astronomy "