If you have seen my short video, or read Holiday in Romania, you already know that I have discovered some great interesting books which I would like to read. In this short post I want to tell you more about those books. Enjoy!
“Weird Maths: At the Edge of Infinity and Beyond” by David Darling and Agnijo Banerjee
General description: Is anything truly random? Does infinity actually exist? Could we ever see into other dimensions? In this delightful journey of discovery, David Darling and extraordinary child prodigy Agnijo Banerjee draw connections between the cutting edge of modern maths and life as we understand it, delving into the strange – would we like alien music? – and venturing out on quests to consider the existence of free will and the fantastical future of quantum computers. Packed with puzzles and paradoxes, mind-bending concepts and surprising solutions, this is for anyone who wants life’s questions answered – even those you never thought to ask.
Other books by the authors: by David Darling – “The Universal Book of Mathematics: From Abracadabra to Zeno’s Paradoxes“; “Equations of Eternity, Speculations on Consciousness, Meaning, and the Mathematical Rules That Orchestrate the Cosmos“
More about the authors: David Darling (born 29 July 1953 in Glossop, Derbyshire) is an English astronomer, freelance science writer, and musician based in Dundee, Scotland. Darling has published numerous popular science works. Agnijo Banerjee is not your average 17-year-old. He doesn’t play computer games, although he has programmed a few. The Dundee teenager is one of Scotland’s most gifted maths prodigies. He has been fast tracked through school, is headed for Cambridge.
“Your Daily Maths: 366 Number Puzzles and Problems to Keep you Sharp” by Laura Laing
General description: This book lays out a year’s worth of exercises meant to get you thinking about maths in a different way. Laing’s approach breaks down her 366 exercises into seven categories, one for each day of the week: Number Sense; Algebra; Geometry; Application; Probability & Statistics; Logic; and Grab Bag. Laing’s approach treats these maths and various number-related logic problems as fun brain exercises. Yes, there are equations here, but nothing that the average adult – even those who always hated maths class – can’t handle. There are also graphs, geometry, statistics and logic problems, many of them centred round problems that could occur in real life. Think of Your Daily Maths not as homework, but instead as your daily cognitive workout.
Other books by the same author: “Math for Grownups: Re-Learn the Arithmetic You Forgot from School so You Can, Calculate how much that Raise will really amount to (after taxes, figure homework, convert calories into cardio time“; “Math for Writers: Tell a Better Story, Get Published, Make More Money“.
More about the author: “There’s nothing more important than a person’s story.” Laura learned that from her granddaddy, a man who knew no strangers and could weave a tale for hours on end. And it’s the telling of the story that matters, keeping an event alive beyond mere moments. Gossip, journalism, parables—these are what make us human. She has also developed math curriculum for a variety of companies around the country. In 2008, her long-form narrative piece, “Raising a Glass,” received an honorable mention in the A.D. Emmart Awards for Maryland journalists.
“50 Maths Ideas You Really Need to Know” By Tony Crilly
General description: Just the mention of mathematics is enough to strike fear into the hearts of many, yet without it, the human race couldn’t be where it is today. By exploring the subject through its 50 key insights – from the simple (the number one) and the subtle (the invention of zero) to the sophisticated (proving Fermat’s last theorem) – this book shows how mathematics has changed the way we look at the world around us.
Other books by the same author: “How Big is Infinity? The 20 Big Maths Questions“; “Arthur Cayley: Mathematician Laureate of the Victorian Age“; “The Big Questions: Mathematics“
More about the author: Tony Crilly is Reader in Mathematical Sciences at Middlesex University, having previously taught at the University of Michigan, the City University in Hong Kong, and the Open University. His principal research interest is the history of mathematics, and he has written and edited many works on fractals, chaos and computing.
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