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Math Geek: From Klein Bottles to Chaos Theory, a Guide to the Nerdiest Math Facts, Theorems, and Equations Paperback – June 18, 2015
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"Math Geek may be the first math book ever to explicitly welcome 'geeks' and 'nerds.' Rosen makes [math] enticing to beginners by writing in a relaxed conversational style, assuming little math knowledge, and relating the math to pop culture and ordinary events. [Readers] will be on their way to becoming the best kind of geek or nerd, the kind that our society needs." --The Los Angeles Review of Books
"Rosen provides a unique and interesting look at the beauty of mathematics without asking readers to delve into intimidating, mathematics-laden formulas." --National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
About the Author
Raphael Rosen is a science writer and independent communications consultant who has written for NASA, the Wall Street Journal, Space.com, EARTH Magazine, Discover, Sky & Telescope, Scholastic Science World Classroom Magazine, the World Science Festival, and for other major publications and events. He also wrote a children's book about outer space. Whether the topic is neutrinos or NORAD, comets or catheters, he excels at translating dense jargon into easily understandable prose.
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There are equations here, but not many. There is no need for an equation in the chapter on “Bell Choirs and Math,” for instance, which has to do with change-ringing, or the ringing of church bells in all possible orders. If you have two bells, there are two arrangements, and if you have three, there are six; these are the permutations, changes in the order of ringing, and they skyrocket to huge numbers for steeples that have, say, eight bells. In change ringing, the order is varied in a planned way, so that every possible order eventually gets rung, with no repeats. There is a chapter on the famous Drake Equation, which is supposed to tell us how likely it is that we will be hearing from aliens from outer space. There is one equation in the chapter concerning miles per hour and why you should not tailgate. Many of the chapters do not even have numbers in them. This is one of the best parts of the book. Most people think mathematics means numbers, and of course that’s a big part, but over and over here mathematics is shown to be patterns. Why are manhole covers round? (No, the answer is not “Because they cover round holes.”) It’s because if the covers were square or triangular, they could be dropped through the hole.
_Math Geek_ offers a taste of a wide array of entertaining subjects. What is the most efficient way to board an airplane (yes, this is a mathematical challenge)? How many clues have to be given for there to be only one solution to a Sudoku puzzle? Why does your checkout line seem slower than all the others? If you are in a rainstorm, do you get wetter if you walk or you run out of it? Why do we always think that raindrops are teardrop in shape, like in the cartoons, when they are much closer to spherical? How can some infinities be bigger than others? The scope here is wide, and the brief look at each subject is entertaining. This would be a superb book to give to a young person who is interested in math, but even better for one who is struggling with math and needs to see how all-encompassing and even fun it can be. You can count on any such person to find something interesting here, and to be able to do a few clicks on the computer and learn lots more in depth.
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