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    Description"The great book of nature," said Galileo, "can be read only by those who know the language in which it was written. And this language is mathematics." In "The Language of Mathematics," award-winning author Keith Devlin reveals the vital role mathematics plays in our eternal quest to understand who we are and the world we live in. More than just the study of numbers, mathematics provides us with the eyes to recognize and describe the hidden patterns of life--patterns that exist in the physical, biological, and social worlds without, and the realm of ideas and thoughts within. Taking the reader on a wondrous journey through the invisible universe that surrounds us--a universe made visible by mathematics--Devlin shows us what keeps a jumbo jet in the air, explains how we can see and hear a football game on TV, allows us to predict the weather, the behavior of the stock market, and the outcome of elections. Microwave ovens, telephone cables, children's toys, pacemakers, automobiles, and computers--all operate on mathematical principles. Far from a dry and esoteric subject, mathematics is a rich and living part of our culture. An exploration of an often woefully misunderstood subject, "The Language of Mathematics" celebrates the simplicity, the precision, the purity, and the elegance of mathematics.


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    Title
    Language of Mathematics
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Devlin
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 154 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 422 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780805072549
    ISBN 10: 0805072543
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: MAT
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.8
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    DC21: 510
    DC22: 510
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: PB
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16200
    LC classification: QA
    Ingram Subject Code: MA
    Libri: I-MA
    Abridged Dewey: 500
    B&T Approval Code: A51010000
    BISAC V2.8: MAT015000, MAT039000
    Thema V1.0: PBB, PB
    Edition statement
    Reissue
    Publisher
    Palgrave MacMillan
    Imprint name
    Palgrave MacMillan
    Publication date
    01 May 2003
    Publication City/Country
    Basingstoke
    Author Information
    Keith Devlin is Dean of the School of Science at Saint Mary's College of California and Senior Researcher at Stanford University's center for the Study of Language and Information. A key participant in the six-part PBS television series "Life by the Numbers," he is the author of "Life by Numbers"; "Goodbye, Descartes"; "Logic and Information"; "Mathematics: The New Golden Age"; and "InfoSense: Turning Information into Knowledge."
    Review quote
    "Keith Devlin's "The Language of Mathematics" is the perfect book for people who have questions about math they've always wanted to ask but were afraid they wouldn't understand the answers to."--"Boston Book Review" "Devlin takes readers on a tour of the numeric underpinnings of everyday life."--"Wired" "As Galileo put it, 'The great book of nature can be read only by those who know the language in which it was written. And this language is mathematics.' Keith Devlin is an apt teacher of the language."--"Scientific American" "Devlin, who is able to write for generalists, embarks on the sea of numbers, shapes, and patterns. His voyage potentially had sixty or so destinations, the discrete topics that make up mathematics; to manage the trip Devlin limits the port of call to eight . . . Devlin's tour indeed achieves its purpose."--"Booklist" "Those interested in a broad take on the history and current state of the art of math should look no further than "The Language of Mathematics.""--"Publishers Weekly"