Coincidences, Chaos, and All That Math Jazz Making Light of Weighty Ideas
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Description: "A profusely illustrated, bemusingly unorthodox introduction to math."Booklist A book for the eternally curious, Coincidences fuses a professor's understanding of the hidden mathematical skeleton of the universe with the sensibility of a stand-up comedian, making life's big questions accessible and compelling. Each chapter opens with a surprising insightnot a mathematic formula, but a common observation. From there, the authors leapfrog over math and anecdote toward profound ideas about nature, art, and music. Coincidences is a book for lovers of puzzles and posers of outlandish questions, lapsed math aficionados and the formula-phobic alike. 160 illustrations.
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Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/17/2006
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
|Understanding Uncertainty Coincidences, Chaos, and Confusion|
|Unbridled Coincidences Likelihood, Lady Luck, and Lady Love|
|Chaos Reigns Why We Can't Predict the Future|
|Digesting Life's Data Statistical Surprises|
|Embracing Figures Sensing Secrecy, Magnificent Magnitudes, and Nature's Numbers|
|Secrets Held, Secrets Revealed Cryptography Decrypted|
|Sizing up Numbers How Many? How Big? How Quick?|
|A Synergy Between Nature and Number A Search for Pattern|
|Exploring Aesthetics Sexy Rectangles, Fiery Fractals, and Contortions of Space|
|From Precise Beauty to Pure Chaos Picturing Aesthetics Through the Lens of Mathematics|
|Origami for the Origamically Challenged From Paper Folding to Computers and Fiery Fractals|
|A Twisted Turn in an Amorphous Universe An Exploration of an Elasticized World|
|Transcending Reality The Fourth Dimension and Infinity|
|The Universe Next Door The Magic of the Fourth Dimension|
|Moving Beyond the Confines of Our Nutshell A journey Into Infinity|
|In Search of Something Still Larger A Journey Beyond Infinity|