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Do I count? : stories from mathematics

Author: Günter M Ziegler
Publisher: Boca Raton : CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The subject of mathematics is not something distant, strange, and abstract that you can only learn about--and often dislike--in school. It is in everyday situations, such as housekeeping, communications, traffic, and weather reports. Taking you on a trip into the world of mathematics, Do I Count? Stories from Mathematics describes in a clear and captivating way the people behind the numbers and the places where  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Anecdotes
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Günter M Ziegler
ISBN: 9781466564916 1466564911
OCLC Number: 794041256
Language Note: "Originally published in German as Darf ich Zahlen? : Geschichten aus der Mathematik ... 2010 by Piper Verlag GmbH, Müchen"--Title page verso.
Notes: "An A K Peters book."
"Originally published in German as Darf ich Zahlen? : Geschichten aus der Mathematik ... 2010 by Piper Verlag GmbH, Müchen"--Title page verso.
Description: x, 215 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: On the number line : 3: can bees count? --
5: can chickens compute? --
10: and the name of the rose --
13: bad luck? --
42: the answer to everything? --
91: the numbers on the bone --
1729: Hardy's taxi --
119/100: high percentages --
[Pi]: as beautiful as Mona Lisa? --
[Square root]-1: victim of a character assassination --
[Infinite]₀: the end of the number line? --
The never-ending story of prime numbers : Euclid is still right --
How many prime numbers are there? Fermat made a mistake --
The "Mozart of mathematics" makes use of an error --
Another search for errors --
A well-insured million --
The mathematical perspective : Estimates --
Random numbers --
Everything far above average --
Integers --
Caution: equations : Equations for everything? --
The Body Mass Index --
The Huntington affair --
Pythagoras lives --
Equations as art --
The small puzzles : Sudokus --
3x+1 --
The perfect monster --
The great puzzles --
Where mathematics is created : At the desk --
At the coffee machine --
At the café --
In the computer --
In bed --
In church --
In captivity --
In an attic room in Princeton --
On a beach --
In a paradise with a library --
Knowledge in the ArXiv --
Research in the Internet? --
The book of proofs : About proofs --
Concerning errors --
About computer proofs --
Concerning precision --
Concerning surprises --
Three legends : Mathematician vs. mathematician --
Was it Kovalevskaya's fault? --
The disappearance of Alexander Grothendieck --
What kinds of people are these? : Paul Erdös: traveler --
Gian-Carlo Rota: provocateur --
Persi Diaconis: magician --
Daniel Biss: politician --
Caroline Lasser: colleague --
What mathematicians can do : Self-confidence and visions --
"Unfortunately difficult" vs. "the right stuff" --
Record races --
You know more math that you think --
"Mathematics is ..."
Other Titles: Darf ich Zahlen?
Responsibility: Günter M. Ziegler ; translated by Thomas von Foerster.
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"The writing is quick-witted, entertaining, and easy to read."-Zentralblatt MATH 1285"Rarely does one find a good general interest math book. This book, a collection of brief, fascinating, Read more...

 
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