I have decided to start writing more about the books I am reading. There will be different types of books, not just textbooks or mathematics related ones – but I will do my best to show you the mathematics inside them, you will surprised to find out how much mathematics is hidden into just normal books (not about maths).
During March I haven’t read tons, but I am a huge bookworm and I love reading. Therefore, I don’t think there was a day when I hadn’t been reading at least a couple of pages. At the beginning of the month I ordered a book by a favorite author of mine and while I was waiting for the book to arrive, I have decided to read “Inferno” by Dan Brown. I cannot say I am a huge fan of this author, but his books are incredibly easy to read and entertaining. Also, the way he describes and tells the history of specific places/buildings/statues/paintings/sculptures is absolutely incredible. It just makes me want to go there and see it with my own eyes. Another thing I like about his books is the way he puts a little bit of mathematics inside them. “Inferno” is not an outsider and has an interesting mathematical topic inside:
He paused at a table, picked up a sheet of paper, and ripped it loudly in half. “And then if I have to place the two halves on top of each other…” He stacked the two halves. “And then if I were to repeat the process…” He again tore the papers, stacking them. “I produce a stack of paper that id now four times the thickness of the original […] Hypothetically speaking […] if the original sheet of paper is a mere one-tenth of a millimeter thick, and I were to repeat the process… say, fifty times… do you know how tall this stack would be?” […] “It would be one-tenth of a millimeter times two to the fiftieth power. It’s called geometric progression.” […] “Our stack of paper, after only fifty doublings, now reaches almost all the way … to the sun.”
The above quote is not the online example in the book, but there are not many. Other books had a little more mentions, but I think this has to do.
Next book I have started reading close to the end of this month, but I haven’t finished yet is “The Martian” by Andy Weir and I love it. I have seen the movie a while ago and when I heard it is a book behind it I had to read it. I am half in and I have to say that there is so much mathematics, physics, chemistry and just sciences, in general, that I get more and more excited for more. I don’t want to say more about the mathematics behind it because I have extra posts specially prepared for this. To make you all understand my enthusiasm, here is a short quote:
Remember those old math questions you had in algebra class? Where water is entering a container at a certain rate and leaving at a different rate and you need to figure out when it’ll be empty? Well, that concept is critical to the “Mark Watney doesn’t die” project I am working on.
Hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know if you would like to see more like this. Also if you have any book recommendations let me know, I would love to know what you have been reading recently.
Don’t forget that maths is everywhere! Enjoy! ~LThMath