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Joy of X A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity

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ISBN-10: 0544105850

ISBN-13: 9780544105850

Edition: 2012

Authors: Steven Strogatz

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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.594

Preface
Numbers
From Fish to Infinity
An introduction to numbers, pointing out their upsides (they're efficient) as well as their downsides (they're ethereal)
Rock Groups
Treating numbers concretely-think rocks-can make calculations less baffling.
The Enemy of My Enemy
The disturbing concept of subtraction, and how we deal with the fact that negative numbers seem so … negative
Commuting
When you buy jeans on sale, do you save more money if the clerk applies the discount after the tax, or before?
Division and Its Discontents
Helping Verizon grasp the difference between .002 dollars and .002 cents
Location, Location, Location
How the place-value system for writing numbers brought arithmetic to the masses
Relationships
The Joy of x
Arithmetic becomes algebra when we begin working with unknowns and formulas
Finding Your Roots
Complex numbers, a hybrid of the imaginary and the real, are the pinnacle of number systems
My Tub Runneth Over
Turning peril to pleasure in word problems
Working Your Quads
The quadratic formula may never win any beauty contests, but the ideas behind it are ravishing.
Power Tools
In math, the function of functions is to transform.
Shapes
Square Dancing
Geometry, intuition, and the long road from Pythagoras to Einstein
Something from Nothing
Like any other creative act, constructing a proof begins with inspiration.
The Conic Conspiracy
The uncanny similarities between parabolas and ellipses suggest hidden forces at work.
Sine Qua Non
Sine waves everywhere, from Ferris wheels to zebra stripes
Take It to the Limit
Archimedes recognized the power of the infinite and in the process laid the groundwork for calculus.
Change
Change We Can Believe In
Differential calculus can show you the best path from A to B, and Michael Jordan's dunks help explain why.
It Slices, It Dices
The lasting legacy of integral calculus is a Veg-O-Matic view of the universe.
All about e
How many people should you date before settling down? Your grandmother knows-and so does the number e.
Loves Me, Loves Me Not
Differential equations made sense of planetary motion. But the course of true love? Now that's confusing.
Step Into the Light
A light beam is a pas de deux of electric and magnetic fields, and vector calculus is its choreographer.
Data
The New Normal
Bell curves are out. Fat tails are in.
Chances Are
The improbable thrills of probability theory
Untangling the Web
How Google solved the Zen riddle of Internet search using linear algebra
Frontiers
The Loneliest Numbers
Prime numbers, solitary and inscrutable, space themselves apart in mysterious ways
Group Think
Group theory, one of the most versatile parts of math, bridges art and science
Twist and Shout
Playing with M�bius strips and music boxes, and a better way to cut a bagel
Think Globally
Differential geometry reveals the shortest route between two points on a globe or any other curved surface
Analyze This!
Why calculus, once so smug and cocky, had to put itself on the couch
The Hilbert Hotel
An exploration of infinity as this book, not being infinite, comes to an end
Acknowledgments
Notes
Credits
Index