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Universe and the Teacup The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty

ISBN-10: 0156006561
ISBN-13: 9780156006569
Edition: 1998
Authors: K. C. Cole
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 4/15/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Mathematics, at the pinnacle of the human mind's creativity, can reveal to us the tiniest of particles that make up our world, or measure out the farthest points of the universe. Cole reveals its power, and explains why we need not be intimidated by it.

A popular science columnist for the Los Angeles Times and teacher at UCLA, K.C. Cole is a recipient of the 1995 American Institute of Physics Award for Best Science Writing. She is also the author of the internationally bestselling The Universe and the Teacup, First You Build a Cloud, and The Hole in the Universe. Cole lives in Santa Monica, California.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Sentimental Fruits
What's Math Got to Do with It?
Exponential Amplification
Calculated Risks
The Measure of Man, Woman, and Thing
A Matter of Scale
Emerging Properties: More Is Different
The Mathematics of Prediction
The Signal in the Haystack
Voting: Lani Guinier Was Right
Fair Division: The Wisdom of Solomon
The Mathematics of Kindness: Math Proves the Golden Rule
The Truth about Why Things Happen
The Burden of Proof
Emmy and Albert: The Unvarying Nature of Truth
Selected Bibliography
Index

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