Coincidences, Chaos, and All That Math Jazz Making Light of Weighty Ideas

ISBN-10: 0393329313

ISBN-13: 9780393329315

Edition: 2006

Authors: Edward B. Burger, Michael Starbird, Alan Witschonke, Edward Burger

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"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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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/17/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Opening Thoughts
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
Closing Thoughts
Acknowledgments
Further Resources
Permissions
Index
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