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Coincidences, chaos, and all that math jazz : making light of weighty ideas

Author: Edward B Burger; Michael P Starbird
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2006, ©2005.
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Provides an academic's understanding of the mathematical skeleton of the universe with the sensibility of a comedian, making life's big questions accessible.

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Genre/Form: Humor
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward B Burger; Michael P Starbird
ISBN: 0393329313 9780393329315
OCLC Number: 225322436
Notes: Originally published: 2005.
Description: ix, 276 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Understanding uncertainty : coincidences, chaos, and confusion --
Unbridled coincidences : likelihood, lady luck, and lady love --
Chaos reigns : why we can't predict the future --
Digesting life's data : statistical surprises --
Embracing figures : sensing secrecy, magnificent magnitudes, and nature's numbers --
Secrets held, secrets revealed : cryptography decrypted --
Sizing up numbers : how many? how big? how quick? --
A synergy between nature and number : a search for pattern --
Exploring aesthetics : sexy rectangles, fiery fractals, and contortions of space --
From precise beauty to pure chaos : picturing aesthetics through the lens of mathematics --
Origami for the origamically challenged : from paper folding to computers and fiery fractals --
A twisted turn in an amorphous universe : an exploration of an elasticized world --
Transcending reality : the fourth dimension and infinity --
The universe next door : the magic of the fourth dimension --
Moving beyond the confines of our nutshell : a journey into infinity --
In search of something still larger : a journey beyond infinity.
Responsibility: Edward B. Burger & Michael Starbird ; original art by Alan Witschonke Illustration.

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"...Burger and Starbird are such engaging communicators that they make the subject fascinating. With clear and witty explanations... they shed welcome light on a weighty subject." Publishing News Read more...

 
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