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Mathematics and the Imagination.

Author: Edward Kasner
Publisher: Dover Publications, 2013.
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You don't have to love math to enjoy a hand of cards, a night at the casino, or a puzzle. But your pleasure and prowess at games, gambling, and other numerically related pursuits can be heightened with this entertaining volume, in which the authors offer a fascinating view of some of the lesser-known and more imaginative aspects of mathematics. A brief and breezy explanation of the new language of mathematics  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Kasner
ISBN: 1306326451 9781306326452 9780486320274 0486320278
OCLC Number: 868280617
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Contents: Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Acknowledgements; Contents; Introduction; Introduction; Preface; I. NEW NAMES FOR OLD; II. BEYOND THE GOOGOL; III. <U+0073>, i, e (pie); IV. ASSORTED GEOMETRIES-PLANE AND FANCY; V. PASTIMES OF PAST AND PRESENT TIMES; VI. PARADOX LOST AND PARADOX REGAINED; VII. CHANGE AND CHANGEABILITY; VIII. RUBBER-SHEET GEOMETRY; IX. CHANGE AND CHANGEABILITY; EPILOGUE. MATHEMATICS AND THE IMAGINATION; Bibliography; Index.

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You don't have to love math to enjoy a hand of cards, a night at the casino, or a puzzle. But your pleasure and prowess at games, gambling, and other numerically related pursuits can be heightened with this entertaining volume, in which the authors offer a fascinating view of some of the lesser-known and more imaginative aspects of mathematics. A brief and breezy explanation of the new language of mathematics precedes a smorgasbord of such thought-provoking subjects as the googolplex (the largest definite number anyone has yet bothered to conceive of); assorted geometries -- plane and fancy; famous puzzles that made mathematical history; and tantalizing paradoxes. Gamblers receive fair warning on the laws of chance; a look at rubber-sheet geometry twists circles into loops without sacrificing certain important properties; and an exploration of the mathematics of change and growth shows how calculus, among its other uses, helps trace the path of falling bombs. Written with wit and clarity for the intelligent reader who has taken high school and perhaps college math, this volume deftly progresses from simple arithmetic to calculus and non-Euclidean geometry. It?lives up to its title in every way [and] might well have been merely terrifying, whereas it proves to be both charming and exciting."--Saturday Review of Literature.

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