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What's the use? : how mathematics shapes everyday life

Author: Ian Stewart
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2021. ©2021
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First US editionView all editions and formats
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"An esteemed mathematician shows how math powers the world, from technology to health care and beyond"--
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Stewart
ISBN: 9781541699489 1541699483
OCLC Number: 1262990477
Description: 326 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Unreasonable effectiveness --
How politicians pick their voters --
Let the pigeon drive the bus --
The kidneys of Königsberg --
Stay safe in cyberspace --
The number plane --
Papa, can you multiply triplets? --
Boing! --
Trust me, I'm a transform --
Smile, please! --
Are we nearly there yet? --
De-ising the arctic --
Call the topologist --
The fox and the hedgehog.
Other Titles: What is the use?
Responsibility: Ian Stewart.

Abstract:

"An esteemed mathematician shows how math powers the world, from technology to health care and beyond"--

Almost all of us have sat in a math class, wondering if we would ever use it in the real world. Stewart argues that math isn't just about boring computations: it's a means to achieve great things, such as space exploration and organ donation. He shows that trigonometry is essential to keeping a satellite in orbit, and how the prime numbers power the world's most advanced security systems. Math isn't just relevant to our lives. It is the very fabric of our existence. -- adapted from jacket

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