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    DescriptionToo often math gets a bad rap, characterized as dry and difficult. But, Alex Bellos says, "math can be inspiring and brilliantly creative. Mathematical thought is one of the great achievements of the human race, and arguably the foundation of all human progress. The world of mathematics is a remarkable place." Bellos has traveled all around the globe and has plunged into history to uncover fascinating stories of mathematical achievement, from the breakthroughs of Euclid, the greatest mathematician of all time, to the creations of the Zen master of origami, one of the hottest areas of mathematical work today. Taking us into the wilds of the Amazon, he tells the story of a tribe there who can count only to five and reports on the latest findings about the math instinct--including the revelation that ants can actually count how many steps they've taken. Journeying to the Bay of Bengal, he interviews a Hindu sage about the brilliant mathematical insights of the Buddha, while in Japan he visits the godfather of Sudoku and introduces the brainteasing delights of mathematical games. Exploring the mysteries of randomness, he explains why it is impossible for our iPods to truly randomly select songs. In probing the many intrigues of that most beloved of numbers, pi, he visits with two brothers so obsessed with the elusive number that they built a supercomputer in their Manhattan apartment to study it. Throughout, the journey is enhanced with a wealth of intriguing illustrations, such as of the clever puzzles known as tangrams and the crochet creation of an American math professor who suddenly realized one day that she could knit a representation of higher dimensional space that no one had been able to visualize. Whether writing about how algebra solved Swedish traffic problems, visiting the Mental Calculation World Cup to disclose the secrets of lightning calculation, or exploring the links between pineapples and beautiful teeth, Bellos is a wonderfully engaging guide who never fails to delight even as he edifies. "Here's Looking at Euclid "is a rare gem that brings the beauty of math to life.

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    Here's Looking at Euclid
    From Counting Ants to Games of Chance - An Awe-Inspiring Journey Through the World of Numbers
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alex Bellos
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 214 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 286 g
    ISBN 13: 9781416588283
    ISBN 10: 1416588280

    BIC E4L: MAT
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.8
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC21: 513
    BIC subject category V2: PB
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    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    B&T General Subject: 710
    DC22: 513
    Ingram Subject Code: MA
    Libri: I-MA
    B&T Approval Code: A51010000
    Abridged Dewey: 513
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24600
    B&T Approval Code: A50890000
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002010
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: MAT039000
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    LC classification: QA141.15 .B35 2011
    Thema V1.0: PB
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    Publication date
    19 April 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    "A delightful worldwide tour of the most interesting and weirdest in math."--"The" "Daily Beast"