ISBN : 9780198701811

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- Pages
- 208 Pages

- Format
- Hardcover

- Size
- 195 x 254 mm

- Pub date
- May 2014

- Foreword by Dara O Briain, comedian and presenter of TV shows such as School of Hard Sums, Dara O Briain's Science Club and Stargazing Live
- Celebrates 50 years of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications with 50 original pieces of writing
- Includes chapters from the top mathematics expositors
- Contains entertaining biographical pieces and articles of relevance to our everyday lives
- 50 full colour images demonstrate the beauty of mathematics
- Diverse topics are covered ranging from simple numerology to the very cutting edge of mathematics research

Relax: no one understands technical mathematics without lengthy training but we all have an intuitive grasp of the ideas behind the symbols. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), this book is designed to showcase the beauty of mathematics - including images inspired by mathematical problems - together with its unreasonable effectiveness and applicability, without frying your brain.

The book is a collection of 50 original essays contributed by a wide variety of authors. It contains articles by some of the best expositors of the subject (du Sautoy, Singh and Stewart for example) together with entertaining biographical pieces and articles of relevance to our everyday lives (such as Spiegelhalter on risk and Elwes on medical imaging). The topics covered are deliberately diverse and involve concepts from simple numerology to the very cutting edge of mathematics research. Each article is designed to be read in one sitting and to be accessible to a general audience.

There is also other content. There are 50 pictorial 'visions of mathematics' which were supplied in response to an open call for contributions from IMA members, Plus readers and the worldwide mathematics community. You'll also find a series of "proofs " of Phythagoras's Theorem - mathematical, literary and comedy - after this, you'll never think of Pythagoras the same way again.

Index:

1:What's the problem with mathematics?, *David Acheson*

2:The mathematics of messages, *Alan J. Aw*

3:Decathlon: The art of scoring points, *John D. Barrow*

4:Queen Dido and the mathematics of the extreme, *Greg Bason*

5:Can strings tie things together?, *David Berman*

6:Grooves and knuckleballs, *Ken Bray*

7:Pigs didn't fly but swine flu, *Ellen Brooks-Pollock and Ken Eames*

8:Bill Tutte: Unsung Bletchley hero, *Chris Budd*

9:What's the use of a quadratic equation?, *Chris Budd and Chris Sangwin*

10:Tony Hilton Royle Skyrme, *Alan Champneys*

11:The mathematics of obesity, *Carson C. Chow*

12:It's a small world really, *Tony Crilly*

13:How does mathematics help at a murder scene?, *Graham Divall*

14:Mathematics: The language of the universe, *Marcus du Sautoy*

15:The troublesome geometry of CAT scanning, *Richard Elwes*

16:The mathematics of sports gambling, *Alistair Fitt*

Pythagoras's Theorem: a2

17:A conversation with Freeman Dyson, *Marianne Freiberger and Rachel Thomas*

18:A glass of bubbly, *Paul Glendinning*

19:The influenza virus: It's all in the packaging, *Julia Gog*

20:Mathematicians at the movies: Sherlock Holmes vs Professor Moriarty, *Derek Moulton and Alain Goriely*

21:Solving the Bristol bridge problem, *Thilo Gross*

22:All ravens are black: Puzzles and paradoxes in probability and statistics, *David Hand*

23:The Tower of Hanoi: Where mathematics meets psychology, *Andreas Hinz and Marianne Freiberger*

24:Career: A sample path, *Philip Holmes*

25:Sweets in the jar, *Steve Humble*

26:Mary Cartwright, *Lisa Jardine*

27:The fallibility of mathematics, *Adam Jasko*

28:Anecdotes of Dr Barrow, *Tom Körner*

29:Finding Apollo, *Adam Kucharski*

30:The golden ratio in astronomy and astrophysics, *Mario Livio*

31:The high-power hypar, *Peter Lynch*

32:This is not a carrot: Paraconsistent mathematics, *Maarten McKubre-Jordens*

33:The mystery of Groombridge Place, *Alexander Masters and Simon Norton*

Pythagoras's Theorem: b2

34:Mysterious number 6174, *Yutaka Nishiyama*

35:Percolating possibilities, *Colva Roney-Dougal & Vince Vatter*

36:Milestones on a non-Euclidean journey, *Caroline Series*

37:Simpson's rule, *Simon Singh*

38:Risking your life, *David Spiegelhalter*

39:Networks and illusions, *Ian Stewart*

40:Emmy Noether: Against the odds, *Danielle Stretch*

41:Of catastrophes and creodes: How maths benefits from collaboration with other fields, *Paul Taylor*

42:Conic section hide and seek, *Rachel Thomas*

43:Sir James Lighthill: A life in waves, *Ahmer Wadee*

44:Fail safe or fail dangerous, *Ahmer Wadee and Alan Champneys*

45:Leapfrogging into the future: How child's play is at the heart of weather and climate models, *Paul Williams*

46:Motorway mathematics, *Eddie Wilson*

47:The philosophy of applied mathematics, *Phil Wilson*

48:Mighty Morphogenesis, *Thomas Woolley*

49:Called to the barcode, *Andrew Wrigley*

50:Roughly fifty-fifty?, *Günter Ziegler*

Pythagoras's Theorem: c2

"Motorways; Sherlock Holmes; networks; mysterious numbers; sweets; champagne; interviews; mathematical poetry; ravens and even The Simpsons - this book has them all and more! Don't miss it!" - **Alan Stevens, Mathematics Today
**

"The 50 essays in the book cover both pure and applied topics, and even the most esoteric subjects are addressed in an accessible way." -

"Warmly recommended as recreational and stimulating reading to all mathematics aficionado!" -