OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

50 Visions of Mathematics

ISBN : 9780198701811

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¥5,379
Author: 
Sam Parc; Dara O' Briain
Pages
208 Pages
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Hardcover
Size
195 x 254 mm
Pub date
May 2014
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  • 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

About the author: 

Edited by Sam Parc, Insitute of Mathematics and its Applications
Foreword by Dara O' Briain
  

Sam Parc studied mathematics and engineering in the UK, Germany and Australia and has previously worked at the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cambridge, Manchester and Newcastle and at Imperial College London. She works for the UK's Institute of Mathematics and its Applications where she provides a passion for popularising mathematics. Her previous work has involved writing a mathematical agony aunt column in a provincial newspaper and maintaining a popular online mathematical magazine. She lives in Southend-on-Sea with her large family and dog, Benji. This is her first book.
  

Contributors:
David Acheson is Emeritus Fellow of Jesus College, University of Oxford, UK.
Alan J. Aw is a mathematics enthusiast from Singapore.
John D. Barrow is Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge, UK.
Greg Bason is a mathematics lecturer at Abingdon and Witney College in Oxfordshire, UK.
David Berman is Reader is Theoretical Physics at Queen Mary, University of London.
Ken Bray is a theoretical physicist and a Senior Visiting Fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath.
Ellen Brooks-Pollock is a Research Fellow in the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cambridge, UK.
Chris Budd is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Bath, and at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, UK.
Alan Champneys is Professor of Applied Nonlinear Mathematics at the University of Bristol, UK.
Carson C. Chow works at the Laboratory of Biological Modeling, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders, National Institutes of Health, USA.
Tony Crilly is Emeritus Reader in Mathematical Sciences at Middlesex University, UK.
Graham Divall is an independent consultant forensic scientist with 35 years' experience in the field of bloodstain examination.
Marcus du Sautoy is the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford, UK.
Ken Eames is a Lecturer in the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.
Richard Elwes is a Lecturer at the University of Leeds, UK, and a freelance mathematical writer.
Alistair Fitt is the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research & Knowledge Exchange at Oxford Brookes University, UK.
Marianne Freiberger is an Editor of Plus Magazine.
Paul Glendinning is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Manchester.
Julia Gog is a Lecturer in Applied Mathematics and Head of the Disease Dynamics Research Group at the University of Cambridge.
Alain Goriely is Professor of Mathematical Modelling and Director of the Oxford Centre for Collaborative Applied Mathematics (OCCAM), UK.
Thilo Gross is a Reader in the Department of Engineering Mathematics at the University of Bristol, UK.
David Hand is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Imperial College London, UK.
Andreas Hinz is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Munich, Germany.
Philip Holmes: In a 40 year career, Philip Holmes has been at the vanguard of research in many aspects of nonlinear science, also contributing to pedagogy through four ground-breaking monographs on nonlinear dynamics and chaos, turbulence and historical developments thereof.
Steve Humble (aka Dr Maths) works for the Education Department at Newcastle University, UK.
Lisa Jardine is Professor of Renaissance Studies and Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Humanities at University College London, UK.
Adam Jasko is an undergraduate mathematics student at Nottingham University, UK.
Tom Körner is Professor of Fourier Analysis at the University of Cambridge, UK.
Adam Kucharski is a postdoctoral researcher in mathematical epidemiology at Imperial College London, UK.
Mario Livio is an astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science Institute, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Peter Lynch is Professor of Meteorology in the School of Mathematical Sciences, University College Dublin, Ireland.
Maarten McKubre-Jordens is a Lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Alexander Masters won the Guardian First Book Award for his biography Stuart, a Life Backwards (2005). His second biography, The Genius in my Basement (2011) is about Simon Norton.
Derek Moulton is a post-doctoral researcher at the Oxford Centre for Collaborative Applied Mathematics (OCCAM), UK.
Yutaka Nishiyama is a professor at Osaka University of Economics, Japan.
Simon Norton is a Group Theorist and a world expert on the Monster Group and Monstrous Moonshine, a mathematical object so remarkable and unexpected that he calls it 'The Voice of God.'
Colva Roney-Dougal is a Senior Lecturer in Pure Mathematics at the University of St Andrews, UK.
Chris Sangwin is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Mathematics at the University of Birmingham, UK.
Caroline Series is Professor of Mathematics at the University ofWarwick, UK.
Simon Singh is a writer, whose books include Fermat's Last Theorem and The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets.
David Spiegelhalter is Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge, UK.
Ian Stewart is Professor of Mathematics at the University ofWarwick, UK.
Danielle Stretch is an administrator in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, UK.
Paul Taylor is a graduate student in Systems Biology at New College, University of Oxford, UK.
Rachel Thomas is Editor of Plus Magazine.
Vince Vatter is an Assistant Professor in Mathematics at the University of Florida, USA.
Ahmer Wadee is Reader in Nonlinear Mechanics at Imperial College London, UK.
Paul Williams is a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Reading, UK.
Eddie Wilson is Professor of Intelligent Transport Systems at the University of Bristol, UK.
Phil Wilson is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Thomas Woolley is a post-doctoral researcher in the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford, UK.
Andrew Wrigley is a secondary school mathematics teacher in Queensland, Australia.
Günter Ziegler is Professor of Mathematics at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

"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." - Physics World
  

"Warmly recommended as recreational and stimulating reading to all mathematics aficionado!" - Yuriy V. Rogovchenko, Zentralblatt MATH

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