Mathematics Books

  • WHYB
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    Why does your toast always land butter-side down? How do you measure the speed of a tennis serve? And just how do you win big on the lottery?

    This book looks at the fascinating maths behind 60 different questions that cover a vast range of topics. It uses practical knowledge of numbers to answer all sorts of questions that will quench your curiosity.

    Other topics covered with application include the weather, the internet, DNA testing and romance. People who love to wow friends with facts and their intelligence will find so much joy in this jaw-dropping book.
  • Man vs Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781781317501
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    This is an endlessly interesting collection for anyone who has a passion for science and data. All illustrated and full of fascinating information, the Freakonomics-style books cover the topics of big data, maths and money and will delight anyone who enjoys numbers and economics.

    Man vs Big Data explains everyday data in an accessible style, revealing how data is used for medical advancements, developing everyday tools and recording our movements and actions; Man vs Maths explains how we use everyday mathematics to do everything from building a skyscraper to finding love; and Man vs Money reveals how money plays a role in everything the world revolves around, covering issues including modern banking, crowd funding and virtual currencies.
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    Carol Vorderman shows you how to help your children understand the tricky concept of the times tables with this invaluable guide.

    Suitable for parents with children studying at Key Stages 1 and 2, the guide is straightforward and has easy-to-follow tips, hints and advice all about the times tables.

    The practice pages and questions have been compiled and tested by a team of experts and allow parents and children to work together to solve even the trickiest questions. By following the advice of this book, you can help build your child's confidence, reduce stress and make the subject simple.
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    This DK book will help you help your children as they study for their SATS tests. It's packed with practical advice for coping with the pressure of exams.

    It has tips for giving reassuring support and has an appealing visual guide to help you handle children's anxieties and recognise their learning style, including what methods work best for them.

    Other chapters explain what test papers actually involve and there are also reference and practical activities to help children prepare for each one.

    Supporting the National Curriculum in reading, spelling, grammar, punctuation and maths, this is an essential guide for parents who want to help their children succeed at this very important time.
  • Maths on the Go - Hardback - 9780224101622 - Rob Eastaway
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    Maths On the Go can help you help your children learn all about the tricky subject through 101 entertaining and simple tips, games and activities.

    Making practising maths enjoyable and engaging for both you and your child, the problem-solving activities range from creative cutting of the toast at breakfast to running a bike helmet survey while on a long car journey.

    Among the topics the activities cover are addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, telling the time, estimates and geometry.
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    Maths for Mums and Dads will provide any perplexed parents with the help they need when it comes to assisting their primary school children's maths homework.

    Guiding you through the basics of primary school maths, the entertaining and straightforward book covers dilemmas and problems that your children will come across including fractions, percentages, data-handling and number bonds.

    The book will help take the tension out of maths homework sessions and contains sample questions, mock exam papers and examples of the most common errors to help children master maths in style!
  • The Long and the Short of It - Hardback - 9781782436287 - Graeme Donald
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    This is a bold book all about measurement and its various units' origins and evolution.

    Written by Graeme Donald, is explores the stories behind the everyday units we use and looks at how they have developed around the world throughout history. From time to distance, temperature to money and data to sound, it's an intriguing guide to how these methods help us make sense of our daily lives.

    This book also answers important questions including why we measure time in units of 60, why the length of a mile once depended on where we came from and just what the width of a horse's backside has to do with NASA's booster rockets.
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    This is an accessible, fascinating book that unravels the mysteries and beauty of mathematics. It covers 250 milestones in mathematical history. This paperback version of the bestselling title includes facts about scientists' lives and real-world applications of the theorems. Maths' infinite mysteries and beauty unfold in this fascinating book. Beginning millions of years ago with ancient "ant odometers" and moving through time to our modern-day quest for new dimensions, it covers 250 milestones in mathematical history. Among the numerous delights readers will learn about in this inviting anthology include: cicada-generated prime numbers, magic squares from centuries ago, the discovery of pi and calculus and the butterfly effect.
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    From the medicine we take, the treatments we receive, the aptitude and psychometric tests given by employers, the cars we drive, the clothes we wear to even the beer we drink, statistics have given shape to the world we inhabit. For the media, statistics are routinely 'damning', 'horrifying', or, occasionally, 'encouraging'. Yet, for all their ubiquity, most of us really don't know what to make of statistics. Exploring the history, mathematics, philosophy and practical use of statistics, Eileen Magnello - accompanied by Bill Mayblin's intelligent graphic illustration - traces the rise of statistics from the ancient Babylonians, Egyptians and Chinese, to the censuses of Romans and the Greeks, and the modern emergence of the term itself in Europe. She explores the 'vital statistics' of, in particular, William Farr, and the mathematical statistics of Karl Pearson and R.A. Fisher.She even tells how knowledge of statistics can prolong one's life, as it did for evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould, given eight months to live after a cancer diagnoses in 1982 - and he lived until 2002. This title offers an enjoyable, surprise-filled tour through a subject that is both fascinating and crucial to understanding our world.
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    Encompassing nature, science, art, architecture, and spirituality, and illustrated with over 700 photographs and line drawings, "The Hidden Geometry of Life" illuminates the secret underpinnings of existence. In her trademark easy-to-understand style, mathematician Karen French shows how sacred geometry permeates every level of being, manifesting itself in simple shapes and numbers, music and sounds, light and colour, even in the mysteries of creation itself. But these geometrical archetypes are more than the building blocks of reality: they are gateways to profound new levels of awareness.
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    Both simple and accessible, Maths in Minutes is a visually led introduction to 200 key mathematical ideas. Each concept is quick and easy to remember, described by means of an easy-to-understand picture and a maximum 200-word explanation. Concepts span all of the key areas of mathematics, including Fundamentals of Mathematics, Sets and Numbers, Geometry, Equations, Limits, Functions and Calculus, Vectors and Algebra, Complex Numbers, Combinatorics, Number Theory, Metrics and Measures and Topology. Incredibly quick - clear artworks and simple explanations that can be easily remembered. Based on scientific research that the brain best absorbs information visually. Compact and portable format - the ideal, handy reference.
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    Everyone knows that abuse of statistics is rampant in popular media. Politicians and marketers present shoddy evidence for dubious claims all the time. But smart people make mistakes too, and when it comes to statistics, plenty of otherwise great scientists- yes, even those published in peer-reviewed journals- are doing statistics wrong. Statistics Done Wrong comes to the rescue with cautionary tales of all-too-common statistical fallacies. It'll help you see where and why researchers often go wrong and teach you the best practices for avoiding their mistakes. In this book, you'll learn: Why "statistically significant" doesn't necessarily imply practical significance Ideas behind hypothesis testing and regression analysis, and common misinterpretations of those ideas How and how not to ask questions, design experiments, and work with data Why many studies have too little data to detect what they're looking for-and, surprisingly, why this means published results are often overestimates Why false positives are much more common than "significant at the 5% level" would suggest By walking through colorful examples of statistics gone awry, the book offers approachable lessons on proper methodology, and each chapter ends with pro tips for practicing scientists and statisticians. No matter what your level of experience, Statistics Done Wrong will teach you how to be a better analyst, data scientist, or researcher.
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    In "The Cartoon Guide to Calculus", master cartoonist and former Harvard calculus instructor Larry Gonick offers a complete and up-to-date illustrated course in college-level calculus. Using graphics and humor to lighten what is frequently a tough subject, Gonick entertainingly teaches all of the course essentials, functions, limits, derivatives, and integrals, with numerous examples and applications. He concludes with a bemused look at the paradoxes at the heart of calculus and the foundations of mathematics. And in an exciting first for the "Cartoon Guide" series, each chapter includes helpful problem sets, designed to help readers cement the lessons learned in each section. Combining entertainment and education, this is the perfect supplement for any study of calculus, whether readers are high school or college students, independent learners, or just lovers of Larry Gonick's bestselling, award-winning cartoon guides.
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    Whether you are returning to school, studying for an adult numeracy test, helping your kids with homework, or seeking the confidence that a firm maths foundation provides in everyday encounters, Basic Maths For Dummies, UK Edition, provides the content you need to improve your basic maths skills. Based upon the Adult Numeracy Core Curriculum, this title covers such topics as: * Getting started with the building blocks of maths and setting yourself up for success * Dealing with decimals, percentages and tackling fractions without fear * Sizing Up weights, measures, and shapes * How to handle statistics and gauge probability Filled with real-world examples and written by a PhD-level mathematician who specialises in tutoring adults and students, Basic Maths For Dummies also provides practical advice on overcoming maths anxiety and a host of tips, tricks, and memory aids that make learning maths (almost) painless - and even fun.
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    In Our Mathematical Universe, Max Tegmark, one of the most original physicists at work today, leads us on an astonishing journey to explore the mysteries uncovered by cosmology and to discover the nature of reality. Part-history of the cosmos, part-intellectual adventure, Our Mathematical Universe travels from the Big Bang to the distant future via parallel worlds, across every possible scale - from the sub-atomic to the intergalactic - showing how mathematics provides the answers to our questions about the world. Where do we come from? What makes the universe the way it is? In essence, why are we here? With dazzling clarity, Max Tegmark ponders these deep mysteries and allows us to grasp the most cutting-edge and mind-boggling theories of physics. What he proposes is an elegant and fascinating idea: that our physical world not only is described by mathematics, but that it is mathematics. "Our Mathematical Universe is nothing if not impressive. Brilliantly argued and beautifully written, it is never less than thought-provoking about the greatest mysteries of our existence". (New York Times). "An amazing ride through the rich landscape of contemporary cosmology...Physics could do with more characters like Tegmark . imaginative intellect and a charismatic presence". (Clive Cookson, Financial Times Max). Tegmark is author or co-author of more than 200 technical papers, twelve of which have been cited more than 500 times. He has featured in dozens of science documentaries, and his work with the SDSS collaboration on galaxy clustering shared the first prize in Science magazine's "Breakthrough of the Year: 2003". He holds a Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a physics professor at MIT.
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    The Magic of Maths is the maths book you wish you had in school. Using a delightful assortment of examples--from ice cream scoops and poker hands to measuring mountains and making magic squares--this book empowers you to see the beauty, simplicity, and truly magical properties behind those formulas and equations that once left your head spinning. You'll learn the key ideas of classic areas of mathematics like arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus, but you'll also have fun fooling around with Fibonacci numbers, investigating infinity, and marveling over mathematical magic tricks that will make you look like a maths genius! A mathematician who is known throughout the world as the "mathemagician," Arthur Benjamin mixes mathematics and magic to make the subject fun, attractive, and easy to understand. In The Magic of Maths, Benjamin does more than just teach skills: with a tip of his magic hat, he takes you on as his apprentice to teach you how to appreciate maths the way he does. He motivates you to learn something new about how to solve for x, because there is real pleasure to be found in the solution to a challenging problem or in using numbers to do something useful. But what he really wants you to do is be able to figure out why, for that's where you'll find the real beauty, power, and magic of maths. If you are already someone who likes maths, this book will dazzle and amuse you. If you never particularly liked or understood maths, Benjamin will enlighten you and--with a wave of his magic wand--turn you into a maths lover.
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    The new "sine" of mathematical geekdom! Do you dream about long division in your sleep? Does the thought of solving abstruse equations bring a smile to your face? Do you love celebrating pi every March? Then, Math Geek was made for you! With this guide, you'll learn even more about the power of numbers as you explore their brilliant nature in ways you've never imagined. From manhole covers to bubbles to subway maps, each page gives you a glimpse of the world through renowned mathematicians' eyes and reveals how their theorems and equations can be applied to nearly everything you encounter. Covering dozens of your favorite math topics, you'll find fascinating answers to questions like: * How are the waiting times for buses determined? * Why is Romanesco Broccoli so mesmerizing? * How do you divide a cake evenly? * Should you run or walk to avoid rain showers? Filled with compelling mathematical explanations, Math Geek sheds light on the incredible world of numbers hidden deep within your day-to-day life.
  • Help Your Kids with Collection - 3-Books - Collection - 9780241184943
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    Covering all the core subject areas, from Key Stage 1 to GCSE, the nation's favourite educational expert Carol Vorderman will help you and your children get to grips with their English, maths and science lessons in this three-guide collection.

    Specially designed to help parents help their young learners aged 3 and over, the highly visual books will reduce the stress of studying these subjects while also demystifying the various topics. The maths book will take you step-by-step through everything from basic numeracy to complex and challenging subjects like statistics and algebra, while the science book covers biology, chemistry and physics.

    Help Your Kids with English covers all the important areas of this subject, including punctuation, grammar, spelling and communication skills. These helpful guides will help so much if you are (or know someone who is) a frustrated parent or have a child who struggles at school, especially with their homework.
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    Confusing Textbooks? Missed Lectures? Not Enough Time? Fortunately for you, there's Schaum's Outlines. More than 40 million students have trusted Schaum's to help them succeed in the classroom and on exams. Schaum's is the key to faster learning and higher grades in every subject. Each Outline presents all the essential course information in an easy-to-follow, topic-by-topic format. You also get hundreds of examples, solved problems, and practice exercises to test your skills. This Schaum's Outline gives you Practice problems with full explanations that reinforce knowledge Coverage of the most up-to-date developments in your course field In-depth review of practices and applications Fully compatible with your classroom text, Schaum's highlights all the important facts you need to know. Use Schaum's to shorten your study time-and get your best test scores! Schaum's Outlines-Problem Solved.
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    "Introducing Mathematics" traces the story of mathematics from the ancient world to modern times, describing the great discoveries and providing an accessible introduction to topics such as algebra and chaos theory.
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    The importance of complexity is well-captured by Hawking's comment: "Complexity is the science of the 21st century". From the movement of flocks of birds to the Internet, environmental sustainability, and market regulation, the study and understanding of complex non-linear systems has become highly influential over the last 30 years. In this Very Short Introduction, one of the leading figures in the field, John Holland, introduces the key elements and conceptual framework of complexity. From complex physical systems such as fluid flow and the difficulties of predicting weather, to complex adaptive systems such as the highly diverse and interdependent ecosystems of rainforests, he combines simple, well-known examples - Adam Smith's pin factory, Darwin's comet orchid, and Simon's 'watchmaker' - with an account of the approaches, involving agents and urn models, taken by complexity theory. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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    In Professor Povey's Perplexing Problems, Thomas Povey shares 109 of his favourite problems in physics and maths. A tour de force of imagination and exposition, he takes us by the hand and guides us through uncompromisingly challenging territory that expands our minds and encourages a playful and exploratory approach to study. The puzzles, he says, are like toys. We should pick up the one we most enjoy, and play with it. Whether you are an aspiring scientist or an old-hand, pitting yourself against these problems will test your ability to think, and inspire you with curiosity and enthusiasm for physics. Presented with charm and wit, the questions span the gap between high-school and university-entrance standard material. Detailed answers are lightened with a fascinating and refreshing blend of scientific history, application and personal anecdote. On this delightful and idiosyncratic romp through pre-university maths and physics, the author shows us that behind every single one of these questions lies a new way of thinking about subjects we thought we had understood. He argues that engaging with the unfamiliar is key to forming deeper insights and developing intellectual independence. Professor Povey's Perplexing Problems is a manifesto that science should be playful, and a celebration of the curious.
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    Practice makes perfect-and helps deepen your understanding of calculus 1001 Calculus Practice Problems For Dummies takes you beyond the instruction and guidance offered in Calculus For Dummies, giving you 1001 opportunities to practice solving problems from the major topics in your calculus course. Plus, an online component provides you with a collection of calculus problems presented in multiple-choice format to further help you test your skills as you go. Gives you a chance to practice and reinforce the skills you learn in your calculus course Helps you refine your understanding of calculus Practice problems with answer explanations that detail every step of every problem The practice problems in 1001 Calculus Practice Problems For Dummies range in areas of difficulty and style, providing you with the practice help you need to score high at exam time.
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    From triangles, rotations and power laws, to fractals, cones and curves, bestselling author Alex Bellos takes you on a journey of mathematical discovery with his signature wit, engaging stories and limitless enthusiasm. As he narrates a series of eye-opening encounters with lively personalities all over the world, Alex demonstrates how numbers have come to be our friends, are fascinating and extremely accessible, and how they have changed our world. He turns even the dreaded calculus into an easy-to-grasp mathematical exposition, and sifts through over 30,000 survey submissions to reveal the world's favourite number. In Germany, he meets the engineer who designed the first roller-coaster loop, whilst in India he joins the world's highly numerate community at the International Congress of Mathematicians. He explores the wonders behind the Game of Life program, and explains mathematical logic, growth and negative numbers. Stateside, he hangs out with a private detective in Oregon and meets the mathematician who looks for universes from his garage in Illinois. Read this captivating book, and you won't realise that you're learning about complex concepts. Alex will get you hooked on maths as he delves deep into humankind's turbulent relationship with numbers, and proves just how much fun we can have with them.