**The Joy Of X: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity by Steven Strogatz, ISBN-13: 978-0547517650**

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- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; First Edition (January 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0547517653
- ISBN-13: 978-0547517650

A world-class mathematician and regular contributor to the New York Times hosts a delightful tour of the greatest ideas of math, revealing how it connects to literature, philosophy, * law*,

*, art,*

**medicine***, even pop culture in ways we never imagined*

**business**Did O.J. do it? How should you flip your mattress to get the maximum wear out of it? How does Google search the Internet? How many people should you date before settling down? Believe it or not, math plays a crucial role in answering all of these questions and more.

Math underpins everything in the cosmos, including us, yet too few of us understand this universal language well enough to revel in its wisdom, its beauty and its joy. This deeply enlightening, vastly entertaining volume translates math in a way that is at once intelligible and thrilling. Each trenchant chapter of * The Joy of X *offers an aha! moment, starting with why numbers are so helpful, and progressing through the wondrous truths implicit in p, the Pythagorean theorem, irrational numbers, fat tails, even the rigors and surprising charms of calculus. Showing why he has won awards as a professor at Cornell and garnered extensive praise for his articles about math for the New York Times, Strogatz presumes of his readers only curiosity and common sense. And he rewards them with clear, ingenious, and often funny explanations of the most vital and exciting principles of his discipline.

Whether you aced integral calculus or aren’t sure what an integer is, youll find profound wisdom and persistent delight in **The Joy of X.**

**Table of Contents:**

Title Page

Contents

Copyright

Preface

Numbers

From Fish to Infinity

Rock Groups

The Enemy of My Enemy

Commuting

Division and Its Discontents

Location, Location, Location

Relationships

The Joy of x

Finding Your Roots

My Tub Runneth Over

Working Your Quads

Power Tools

Shapes

Square Dancing

Something from Nothing

The Conic Conspiracy

Sine Qua Non

Take It to the Limit

Change

Change We Can Believe In

It Slices, It Dices

All about e

Loves Me, Loves Me Not

Step Into the Light

Data

The New Normal

Chances Are

Untangling the Web

Frontiers

The Loneliest Numbers

Group Think

Twist and Shout

Think Globally

Analyze This!

The Hilbert Hotel

Acknowledgments

Notes

Credits

Index

Coming Soon from Steven Strogatz

About the Author

Connect on * Social* Media

*is a professor of applied mathematics at*

**Steven Strogatz***. A renowned teacher and one of the worlds most highly cited mathematicians, he blogs about math for the New York Times and been a frequent guest on National Public Radios RadioLab. In 2007 he received the Communications Award, a lifetime achievement award for the communication of mathematics to the general public. He lives in Ithaca, New York with his wife and two daughters.*

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