Life by the Numbers

Life by the Numbers

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By (author) Keith J. Devlin

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 224mm x 14mm | 562g
  • Publication date: 12 April 1999
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0471328227
  • ISBN 13: 9780471328223
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 130 colour and 20 b&w illustrations

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From uncanny movie dinosaurs to the loopy physics of the triple axel, Keith Devlin's vibrantly illustrated book illuminates the mathematics inherent in every human endeavor. "A beautiful book ...the aim is not to teach but to entertain, and it succeeds. The view that mathematics is dull is replaced by an image of how math can be both interesting and useful, if not all-powerful."New Scientist. "A colorful and exciting introduction to the ways in which mathematics can help [us] to under-stand phenomena. [Devlin] presents fascinating real-world problems posed by real people and shows how mathematics is used to solve them."Choice. "Not in many, many years have I seen a book nearly as instructive and enlightening about the beauty of mathematics. Life by the Numbers is superb."Amir Aczel, author of Fermat's Last Theorem. "This wondrous book reveals how, on the brink of the millennium, wizards are using math to bring movie dinosaurs to life, to improve tennis stars' serves, to win sailboat races, and to probe the eeriest corners of the cosmos. A pleasurable read for adult and young alike."Keay Davidson, coauthor of Wrinkles in Time. "A fascinating account of many of the ways in which mathematical ideas find application in the world around us. Keith Devlin is to be congratulated for bringing these ideas so accessibly to the public."Sir Roger Penrose, author of The Emperor's New Mind.

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KEITH DEVLIN is a mathematician and the dean of the School of Science of St. Mary's College, as well as a senior researcher at Stanford University's Center for the Study of Language and Information. He is the author of Mathematics: The New Golden Age; Mathematics: The Science of Patterns; and Goodbye, Descartes (Wiley).

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Acclaim for Life by the Numbers "Not in many, many years have I seen a book as instructive and enlightening about the beauty of mathematics. "Life by the Numbers" is truly superb. Sheer fun." Amir Aczel, author of "Fermat's Last Theorem""A fascinating account of many of the ways in which mathematical ideas find application in the world around us. Keith Devlin is to be congratulated for bringing these ideas so accessibly to the public." Sir Roger Penrose, author of "The Emperor's New Mind""This wondrous book reveals how, on the brink of the millennium, wizards are using math to bring movie dinosaurs to life, to improve tennis stars' serves, to win sailboat races, and to probe the eeriest corners of the cosmos. A pleasurable read for adult and young alike." Keay Davidson, coauthor of "Wrinkles in Time""

Editorial reviews

Devlin argues that conventional logic and maths will never be able to describe the way the mind works - hence his title. His variation on the theme is relatively short. It is also extremely accessible, and he makes a convincing case that the image of the mind as a 'logic machine' is mistaken. People trying to build thinking machines will hate it; the non-specialist will be enthralled by this different perspective on how it works. (Kirkus UK)

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From uncanny movie dinosaurs to the loopy physics of the triple axel, Keith Devlin's vibrantly illustrated book illuminates the mathematics inherent in every human endeavor. "A beautiful book . . . the aim is not to teach but to entertain, and it succeeds. The view that mathematics is dull is replaced by an image of how math can be both interesting and useful, if not all-powerful."— New Scientist. "A colorful and exciting introduction to the ways in which mathematics can help Ýus¨ to under-stand phenomena. ÝDevlin¨ presents fascinating real-world problems posed by real people and shows how mathematics is used to solve them."— Choice. "Not in many, many years have I seen a book nearly as instructive and enlightening about the beauty of mathematics. Life by the Numbers is superb."— Amir Aczel, author of Fermat's Last Theorem. "This wondrous book reveals how, on the brink of the millennium, wizards are using math to bring movie dinosaurs to life, to improve tennis stars' serves, to win sailboat races, and to probe the eeriest corners of the cosmos. A pleasurable read for adult and young alike."— Keay Davidson, coauthor of Wrinkles in Time. "A fascinating account of many of the ways in which mathematical ideas find application in the world around us. Keith Devlin is to be congratulated for bringing these ideas so accessibly to the public."— Sir Roger Penrose, author of The Emperor's New Mind.

Table of contents

The Invisible Universe. Seeing is Believing. Patterns of Nature. The Numbers Game. The Shape of the World. Chances of a Lifetime. A New Age. It's an M World. Further Reading. Credits. Index.