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            Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors
             

            Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors (Paperback)

            By Parker, Matt

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            What makes a bridge wobble when it's not meant to? How do billions of dollars mysteriously vanish into thin air? How does a building rock when its resonant frequency matches a gym class leaping to Snap's 1990 hit I've Got The Power? The answer is maths. Or, to be precise, what ha...ppens when maths goes wrong in the real world. As Matt Parker shows us, our modern lives are built on maths: computer programmes, finance, engineering. And most of the time this maths works quietly behind the scenes, until ... it doesn't. Exploring and explaining a litany of glitches, near-misses and mishaps involving the internet, big data, elections, street signs, lotteries, the Roman empire and a hapless Olympic shooting team, Matt Parker shows us the bizarre ways maths trips us up, and what this reveals about its essential place in our world. This book shows how, by making maths our friend, we can learn from its pitfalls. It also contains puzzles, challenges, geometric socks, jokes about binary code and three deliberate mistakes. Getting it wrong has never been more fun.
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            ISBN 9780141989143
            Released NZ 17 Mar 2020
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age General Audience
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            The History of Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction
             

            The History of Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)

            By Stedall, Jacqueline A.

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            In this Very Short Introduction, Jacqueline Stedall explores the rich historical and cultural diversity of mathematical endeavour from the distant past to the present day, using illustrative case studies drawn from a range of times and places; including early imperial China, the ...medieval Islamic world, and nineteenth-century Britain.
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            ISBN 9780199599684
            Released NZ 6 Mar 2012
            Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
            Interest Age 14+ years
            Series Very Short Introductions
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            Tales of Impossibility: The 2000-Year Quest to Solve the Mathematical Problems of Antiquity

            Tales of Impossibility: The 2000-Year Quest to Solve the Mathematical Problems of Antiquity (Hardback)

            By Richeson, David S.

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            A comprehensive look at four of the most famous problems in mathematics Tales of Impossibility recounts the intriguing story of the so-called problems of antiquity, four of the most famous and studied questions in the history of mathematics. First posed by the ancient Greeks, the...se compass and straightedge problems-squaring the circle, trisecting an angle, doubling the cube, and inscribing regular polygons in a circle-have served as ever-present muses for mathematicians for more than two millennia. David Richeson follows the trail of these problems to show that ultimately, their proofs-demonstrating the impossibility of solving them using only a compass and straightedge-depended upon and resulted in the growth of mathematics. Richeson explores how celebrated luminaries, including Euclid, Archimedes, Viete, Descartes, Newton, and Gauss labored to understand the problems of antiquity, and how many major mathematical discoveries were related to these explorations. Though the problems were based in geometry, their resolutions were not, and had to wait until the nineteenth century, when mathematicians had developed the theory of real and complex numbers, analytic geometry, algebra, and calculus. A little-known mathematician named Pierre Wantzel and Ferdinand von Lindemann, through his work on , finally determined the problems were impossible to solve. Along the way, Richeson provides entertaining anecdotes connected to the problems, such as how the Indiana legislature passed a bill setting an incorrect value for , and how Leonardo da Vinci made elegant contributions to the puzzles. Taking readers from the classical period to the present, Tales of Impossibility demonstrates how four unsolvable problems captivated mathematical thinking for centuries.
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            ISBN 9780691192963
            Released NZ 15 Oct 2019
            Publisher Princeton University Pre
            Interest Age 16+ years
            Language (English)
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            Math with Bad Drawings: Illuminating the Ideas That Shape Our Reality

            Math with Bad Drawings: Illuminating the Ideas That Shape Our Reality (Hardback)

            By Orlin, Ben

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            Smart, hilarious, and engaging, MATH WITH BAD DRAWINGS is a delightful re-education in math that empowers readers with a joyful appreciation and powerful understanding of how math works in our daily lives.

            ISBN 9780316509039
            Released NZ 27 Nov 2018
            Publisher Black Dog & Leventhal Publishe
            Interest Age 19+ years
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            Infinite Powers: The Story of Calculus - The Language of the Universe
             

            Infinite Powers: The Story of Calculus - The Language of the Universe (Hardback, Main)

            By Strogatz, Steven

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            A magisterial history of calculus (and the people behind it) from one of the world's foremost popularisers of mathematics.

            ISBN 9781786492944
            Released NZ 4 Apr 2019
            Publisher Atlantic Books
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            30-Second Numbers: The 50 key topics for understanding numbers and how we use them
             

            30-Second Numbers: The 50 key topics for understanding numbers and how we use them (Hardback)

            By Nic Daeid, Prof. Niamh; Cole, Christian

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            30-Second Numbers highlights 50 key topics for understanding numbers and how we use them, each explained in half a minute.

            ISBN 9781782408475
            Released NZ 3 Mar 2020
            Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
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            Series 30 Second
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            It All Adds Up: The Story of People and Mathematics

            It All Adds Up: The Story of People and Mathematics (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Launay, Mickael; Translated by Wilson, Stephen S.

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            THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER Most people enjoy maths - the problem is they don't know that they do. This revolutionary and accessible exploration of the role of mathematics as an historical aide to human activity will change the general public's relationship to numbers for the be...tter.
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            ISBN 9780008283940
            Released NZ 19 Nov 2018
            Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
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            Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace
             

            Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace (Paperback)

            By Mlodinow, Leonard

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            Leads us on a journey through five revolutions in geometry, from the Greek concept of parallel lines to the notions of hyperspace. This title reveals how simple questions anyone might ask about space in the living room or in some other galaxy have been the hidden engine of scienc...e's highest achievements.
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            ISBN 9780141009094
            Released NZ 11 Apr 2003
            Publisher Penguin
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            Lewis Carroll in Numberland: His Fantastical Mathematical Logical Life
               

            Lewis Carroll in Numberland: His Fantastical Mathematical Logical Life (EPUB ebook)

            By Wilson, Robin

            Lewis Carroll's books have delighted children and adults for generations, but behind their exuberant fantasy and delightful nonsense was the mind of a brilliant mathematician. This title explores the curious imagination of this man who filled his writings with problems, paradoxes..., puzzles and teasing games of logic.
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            ISBN 9780141920788
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            Language en
            Released NZ 30 Jul 2008
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 14+ years
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            Weird Maths: At the Edge of Infinity and Beyond

            Weird Maths: At the Edge of Infinity and Beyond (Paperback)

            By Darling, David; Banerjee, Agnijo

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            Dazzling popular maths for the curious reader...from Britain's cleverest schoolboy!

            ISBN 9781786074850
            Released NZ 3 Sep 2019
            Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
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