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The Joy of X

A Guided Tour of Math, From One to Infinity

Strogatz, Steven H.

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Joy of X
"In 2010, award-winning professor Steven Strogatz wrote a series for the New York Times online called "The Elements of Math." It was hugely popular: Each piece climbed the most emailed list and elicited hundreds of comments. Readers begged for more, and he has now delivered. In this fun, fast-paced book, he offers us all a second chance at math. Each short chapter of The Joy of X provides an "Aha!" moment, starting with why numbers are helpful, and moving on to such topics as shapes, calculus, fat tails, and infinity. Explains the ideas of math gently and clearly, with wit, insight, and brilliant illustrations. Assuming no knowledge, only curiosity, he shows how math connects to literature, philosophy, law, medicine, art, business, even pop culture and current events. For example, did O.J. do it? How should you flip your mattress to get the maximum wear out of it? How does Google search the Internet? How many people should you date before settling down? Strogatz is the math teacher you wish you'd had, and The Joy of X is the book you'll want to give to all your smart and curious friends. "--

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2012
ISBN: 0547517653
Characteristics: xii, 316 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm


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Feb 12, 2013
  • jkrambeck rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book about numbers. Not just one of those books that tells you what the number two is, but goes in to detail about mathematics.


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