Coincidences, Chaos, and All That Math Jazz

Coincidences, Chaos, and All That Math Jazz

Making Light of Weighty Ideas

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
An explanation of challenging puzzles within the world of mathematics considers such topics as the link between a pineapple's spirals and the famous Fibonacci numbers, and the shape of the universe as reflected by a twisted strip of paper.

Norton Pub
Improbable? Yes. Impossible? Noan irreverent, entertaining, readable, and completely understandable explanation of lofty mathematical ideas.

By starting in the familiar world and using a few simple steps of imagination, Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird sneak up on weighty mathematical ideas. The spirals on a pineapple quickly lead to the famous Fibonacci numbers and the alluring Golden Ratio and from there to aesthetic forms in nature, art, and music. The edge of a twisted strip of paper leads to an image of the shape of the universe. Playing with the notion of probability demonstrates that surprising coincidences such as the amazing parallels between the Lincoln and Kennedy assassinations are sure to happen. These and other foreign and familiar mysteries share two featuresthey appear inexplicable and they are all explained with great humor and clarity in this book. Perhaps the greatest surprise is that these travels require no math background. If you never thought you would read about mathematics, this book is for you. 160 illustrations.

Book News
Curious people can enjoy and understand great mathematical ideas without having to brush up on that boring and often incomprehensible school arithmetic, promise Burger (mathematics, Williams College) and Starbird (U. of Texas-Austin). They try to offer an account comfortable to readers who love math and those who are terrified of it. Among their topics are why we cannot predict the future, cryptography decrypted, origami from paper folding to computers and fiery fractals, and the magic of the fourth dimension. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
& Taylor

An irreverent and accessible explanation of challenging puzzles within the world of mathematics considers such topics as the link between a pineapple's spirals and the famous Fibonacci numbers, the shape of the universe as reflected by a twisted strip of paper, and the parallels between the Lincoln and Kennedy assassinations. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393059458
0393059456
Characteristics: ix, 276 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Starbird, Michael P.

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