Cracking Mathematics

Cracking Mathematics : You, this book and 4,000 years of theories

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This comprehensive guide covers the history and development of mathematics, from the Ancient Egyptians and Pythagoreans to key figures such as Galileo, Dodgson, Babbage and Lovelace through to contemporary work of the 21st century. It tells of the remarkable stories that have shaped mathematics and also features sections on how maths can be used to solve the mysteries of the universe, what the Prisoner's Dilemma is as well as Fermat's Last Theorem amongst many more.

Accessible, well-informed and fully-illustrated, this is a book that shows perfectly just how varied and fascinating mathematics is as a subject.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 157 x 174 x 32mm | 734g
  • CASSELL
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 300
  • 1844038629
  • 9781844038626
  • 588,208

Table of contents

1: The deadly triangle and how maths developed
2: The Renaissance, the negative and the imaginary
3: Ancient regime
4: The shoulders of giants
5: The infinitesimal
6: The French Revolution
7: Powers and logarithms
8: The curious maths of Alice in Wonderland
9: The infinite, the undecidable and the computer
10: How we write it
11: The Scottish cafe
12: Playing games
13: Cracking codes
14: A taste of the 20th century
15: The Taming of the messy
16: Modern Heroes
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About Colin Beveridge

Colin Beveridge can't understand why maths isn't the most popular subject on the planet, and spends his life trying to make it so. After a PhD from St Andrews, he worked on NASA's Living With A Star program before returning to the UK in 2008. When he's not writing, teaching, or speaking about maths, he's looking after his young sons or running on south Dorset's excellent cycle path network.
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