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The Number Mysteries: A Mathematical Odyssey through Everyday Life


From the author of The Music of the Primes and Finding Moonshine comes a short, lively book on five mathematical problems that just refuse be solved – and on how many everyday problems can be solved by maths.

Every time we download a song from i-tunes, take a flight across the Atlantic or talk on our mobile phones, we are relying on great mathematical inventions. Maths may fail to provide answers to various of its own problems, but it can provide answers to problems that don’t seem to be…

The Number Mysteries

ISBN 10 : 0230120288
ISBN 13 : 9780230120280

Every time we download music, take a flight across the Atlantic or talk on our cell phones, we are relying on great mathematical inventions. In The Number Mysteries, one of our gen..


The Number Mysteries

ISBN 10 : 9780007309863
ISBN 13 : 0007309864

"We are all taught how fundamental maths is to the world we live. But did you know that Wayne Rooney solves a quadratic equation every time he connects with a cross to put the ball..


The Number Mysteries

ISBN 10 : 9780007278626
ISBN 13 : 0007278624

From the most famous mathematician in Britain comes the ultimate handikit to mathematics. From hopscotch to Wayne Rooney with lots and lots of games to play, The Number Mysteries s..


The Great Unknown

ISBN 10 : 9780735221819
ISBN 13 : 0735221812

“Brilliant and fascinating. No one is better at making the recondite accessible and exciting.” —Bill Bryson A captivating journey to the outer reaches of human knowledge Ever..


Finding Zero

ISBN 10 : 9781466879102
ISBN 13 : 1466879106

The invention of numerals is perhaps the greatest abstraction the human mind has ever created. Virtually everything in our lives is digital, numerical, or quantified. The story of ..


How Many Socks Make A Pair

ISBN 10 : 9781907532580
ISBN 13 : 1907532587

DIV How many socks make a pair? The answer is not always two. And behind this question lies a world of maths that can be surprising, amusing and even beautiful. Using playing cards..


How To Count To Infinity

ISBN 10 : 9781786484987
ISBN 13 : 1786484986

Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it... Not falling in love, but counting. Animals and humans have been using numbers to navigate their way through the jungle of life..


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