Geekspeak : How Life + Mathematics = Happiness

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Geekspeak is Dr. Graham Tattersall's quirky love letter to math, logic, and problem solving... and to the self-professed geeks everywhere who revel in such esoterica. Written for the numero-phobic and the calcu-lover alike, Geekspeak doesn't shy away from complex problems, but always explains them in a way that's elegantly curious, easily understood, and, above all, endlessly entertaining.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 239 pages
  • 142.24 x 213.36 x 27.94mm | 385.55g
  • Harper
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061629243
  • 9780061629242
  • 2,097,028

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Tattersall s welcoming attitude, solid principles and intriguing examples should stick with the logically or mathematically inclined. --Publishers Weekly"
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Back cover copy

Curiosity is our human birthright, and destiny. As a species, we are prone to think, ruminate, reflect, cogitate, mull over, and philosophize. Why do we do these things? To explain away the world around us, to find solace in knowledge, to answer all those seeming unanswerables: Why are we here? Is there a God? Is there life after death? And, above all, how many houseflies does it take to pull a car?

Dr. Graham Tattersall, a confirmed and superior geek, has rescued math from the prison of the classroom and put it to use in novel and unexpected ways to explain away some oft-pondered mysteries of the world. The questions he tackles include:

How big is your vocabulary?

How heavy is your house?

Do the dead outnumber the living?

What are the best words to use in a personal ad?

How much do you love your father?

His formula is simple, cunning, and witty, allowing the reader to exercise his or her brain, and impress friends, in ways never possible before. More than a delightful book to read from cover to cover, Geekspeak is an essential tool for solving the unsolvable, sounding intelligent, and better understanding the fascinating world in which we live.

Math has a new champion, and the Geeks a new King.
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