- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Wide World Publishing; 2nd edition (January 23, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0933174659
- ISBN-13: 978-0933174658
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Joy of Mathematics: Discovering Mathematics All Around You Paperback – January 23, 1993
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Top Customer Reviews
I did not give 5 stars because there are some instances where I did find errors, these do not detract from the purpose of the book, but they are annoying to those of us who try to delve deeper. What I consistently found myself doing is researching from the internet and other print resources. But the idea originated from the overview in the book.
Many recreational mathematics books are inaccessible to beginners or math phobes. This book allows you to sample many, many ideas without feeling overwhelmed by details you may not understand. If you want details, you go explore the world opened up by the book.
The book also includes many tie-ins to areas such as science, art, and other fields.
Definitely worth reading, a MUST for the library of any middle or high school math teacher.
Some of the "chapters" have answers at the back of the book and some do not. It appears that the author could not make up her mind wether this was to be a "math tricks" book or a "popular mathematics" presentation substantiated by theory.
There are many other excellent books that are more fulfilling. Journey Through Genius comes to mind.
All in all a disappointing work.
Yet, there is more to it. It is so, as the author popularizes mathematics. She answers the basic questions about role of mathematics in our lives. Most people associate mathematics as calculating especially money, yet in mathematics the theory models or formula are created, and it occurs that they find application in our material world sometimes even centuries afterwards. Let us look at some examples in the book "The joy of mathematics": - earthquakes and logarithms- connection lies in the method to calculate earthquakes' magnitudes by means of Richter scale, which is logarithmic, - the catenary & the parabolic curves- who takes as an obvious phenomena- the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco- it looks gorgeous, but what it looks like is connected with construction equations, which contribute to the fundamental thing, that it really is invulnerable and cannot be destroyed by the mass itself, as well as additional natural forces. Even Galileo noticed the curve to be parabola, - Thales & the Great Pyramid- Egiptians' calculations of the height of a pyramid were based on shadows and similar triangles, -the Dome of Milan -Gothic plans incorporating the application of geometry and symmetry in architecture, and lots of stuff like that. If you like to notice more around you, astound your friends, you should read such books, as there is more beauty around you than what you just see.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
some known some new stuff
go get it Maths nerds
now just putting down words to complete the word count
Its light reading with about one topic per page.