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


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, medicine, art, business, even pop culture in ways we never imagined

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, you’ll find profound wisdom and persistent delight in The Joy of X.

Table of Contents:

Title Page
From Fish to Infinity
Rock Groups
The Enemy of My Enemy
Division and Its Discontents
Location, Location, Location
The Joy of x
Finding Your Roots
My Tub Runneth Over
Working Your Quads
Power Tools
Square Dancing
Something from Nothing
The Conic Conspiracy
Sine Qua Non
Take It to the Limit
Change We Can Believe In
It Slices, It Dices
All about e
Loves Me, Loves Me Not
Step Into the Light
The New Normal
Chances Are
Untangling the Web
The Loneliest Numbers
Group Think
Twist and Shout
Think Globally
Analyze This!
The Hilbert Hotel
Coming Soon from Steven Strogatz
About the Author
Connect on Social Media

Steven Strogatz is a professor of applied mathematics at Cornell University. A renowned teacher and one of the world’s most highly cited mathematicians, he blogs about math for the New York Times and been a frequent guest on National Public Radio’s 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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