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What's the use? : how mathematics shapes everyday life  Cover Image Book Book

What's the use? : how mathematics shapes everyday life / Ian Stewart.

Stewart, Ian, 1945- (author.).

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781541699489
  • ISBN: 1541699483
  • Physical Description: 326 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First US edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2021.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-307) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Unreasonable effectiveness -- How politicians pick their voters -- Let the pigeon drive the bus -- The kidneys of Königsberg -- Stay safe in cyberspace -- The number plane -- Papa, can you multiply triplets? -- Boing! -- Trust me, I'm a transform -- Smile, please! -- Are we nearly there yet? -- De-ising the arctic -- Call the topologist -- The fox and the hedgehog.
Summary, etc.:
"An esteemed mathematician shows how math powers the world, from technology to health care and beyond"-- Provided by publisher
Almost all of us have sat in a math class, wondering if we would ever use it in the real world. Stewart argues that math isn't just about boring computations: it's a means to achieve great things, such as space exploration and organ donation. He shows that trigonometry is essential to keeping a satellite in orbit, and how the prime numbers power the world's most advanced security systems. Math isn't just relevant to our lives. It is the very fabric of our existence. -- adapted from jacket
Subject: Mathematics > Popular works.
Genre: Informational works.

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East Grand Forks Campbell Library 510 STEWART 2021 (Text) 523045 Non-Fiction Available -

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