The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers

Author: David Wells
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141929408
Release Date: 1997-09-04
Genre: Mathematics

Why was the number of Hardy's taxi significant? Why does Graham's number need its own notation? How many grains of sand would fill the universe? What is the connection between the Golden Ratio and sunflowers? Why is 999 more than a distress call? All these questions and a host more are answered in this fascinating book, which has now been newly revised, with nearly 200 extra entries and some 250 additions to the original entries. From minus one and its square root, via cyclic, weird, amicable, perfect, untouchable and lucky numbers, aliquot sequences, the Cattle problem, Pascal's triangle and the Syracuse algorithm, music, magic and maps, pancakes, polyhedra and palindromes, to numbers so large that they boggle the imagination, all you ever wanted to know about numbers is here. There is even a comprehensive index for those annoying occasions when you remember the name but can't recall the number.

Guide to Information Sources in Mathematics and Statistics

Author: Martha A. Tucker
Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
ISBN: 1563087014
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Mathematics

Publisher description: This book is a reference for librarians, mathematicians, and statisticians involved in college and research level mathematics and statistics in the 21st century. Part I is a historical survey of the past 15 years tracking this huge transition in scholarly communications in mathematics. Part II of the book is the bibliography of resources recommended to support the disciplines of mathematics and statistics. These resources are grouped by material type. Publication dates range from the 1800's onwards. Hundreds of electronic resources-some online, both dynamic and static, some in fixed media, are listed among the paper resources. A majority of listed electronic resources are free.

Computational Science and Its Applications ICCSA 2005

Author: Osvaldo Gervasi
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 3540258620
Release Date: 2005-04-27
Genre: Computers

The four-volume set LNCS 3480-3483 constitutes the refereed proceedings of the International Conference on Computational Science and Its Applications, ICCSA 2005, held in Singapore in May 2005. The four volumes present a total of 540 papers selected from around 2700 submissions. The papers span the whole range of computational science, comprising advanced applications in virtually all sciences making use of computational techniques as well as foundations, techniques, and methodologies from computer science and mathematics, such as high performance computing and communication, networking, optimization, information systems and technologies, scientific visualization, graphics, image processing, data analysis, simulation and modelling, software systems, algorithms, security, multimedia etc.

Games and Mathematics

Author: David Wells
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107024601
Release Date: 2012-10-18
Genre: Mathematics

A unique book providing a tour through the fascinating connections between mathematics and games.

The Penguin Book of Curious and Interesting Mathematics

Author: David G. Wells
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
ISBN: UVA:X004264747
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Mathematics

David Wells's intriguing anthology spans the centuries as he introduces a collection of choice eccentrics: people who looked for logical loopholes in the American Constitution, calmed their nerves with algebra or used sextants to measure the buttocks of Hottentot women. Along with Newton's views on chance and chaos, scenes from the life of Pythagoras and legal attempts to lay down the value of (pi), he presents maths in the Bible as well as maths and misogyny, madness and the military.

Is God a Mathematician

Author: Mario Livio
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416594434
Release Date: 2011-02-22
Genre: Mathematics

Bestselling author and astrophysicist Mario Livio examines the lives and theories of history’s greatest mathematicians to ask how—if mathematics is an abstract construction of the human mind—it can so perfectly explain the physical world. Nobel Laureate Eugene Wigner once wondered about “the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics” in the formulation of the laws of nature. Is God a Mathematician? investigates why mathematics is as powerful as it is. From ancient times to the present, scientists and philosophers have marveled at how such a seemingly abstract discipline could so perfectly explain the natural world. More than that—mathematics has often made predictions, for example, about subatomic particles or cosmic phenomena that were unknown at the time, but later were proven to be true. Is mathematics ultimately invented or discovered? If, as Einstein insisted, mathematics is “a product of human thought that is independent of experience,” how can it so accurately describe and even predict the world around us? Physicist and author Mario Livio brilliantly explores mathematical ideas from Pythagoras to the present day as he shows us how intriguing questions and ingenious answers have led to ever deeper insights into our world. This fascinating book will interest anyone curious about the human mind, the scientific world, and the relationship between them.

The Penguin Dictionary of English Grammar

Author: R. L. Trask
Publisher: Penguin Books, Limited (UK)
ISBN: UCSC:32106015834879
Release Date: 2000
Genre: English language

This is a succinct guide to the grammatical laws and idiosyncrasmies that govern the English language. It focuses on current usage.

The Penguin Dictionary of Clich s

Author: Julia Cresswell
Publisher: Penguin Mass Market
ISBN: UCSC:32106012288178
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Clichés

This dictionary investigates the wide range of cliches throughout the history of the English language. With over 1500 sourced cliches listed, both ancient an modern, this work looks at the more informal side of the English language.

The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory

Author: John Anthony Cuddon
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: 0140513639
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Literary Criticism

The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory is firmly established as a key work of reference in the complex and varied field of literary criticism. Now in its fourth edition, it remains the most comprehensive and accessible work of its kind, and is invaluable for student, teachers and general readers alike.