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Mathematical Vignettes



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Mathematical Vignettes by Richard Poulo
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If you are a non-mathematician who wants to stay that way, Mathematical Vignettes is the one book you should read to be informed. Written expressly for non-mathematicians, it is a collection of very short descriptions of numerous branches of mathematics and their relevance to areas of public debate and to everyday life. Most of these branches have nothing to do with numbers or formulas, are not even mentioned in high school, and are unknown to most people. For example, the vignette A Danger Scale discusses how dangers in everyday life can be evaluated without sensationalism. Other selections from the approximately thirty vignettes include Encryption, Fractals, Games, Knots, Recognition, Military Math, Chaos, Estimation, and an unusual one titled Statistics - A Rant. A few vignettes are historical and one is humorous. The person who reads Mathematical Vignettes will gain an understanding of the unsuspected breadth and utility of modern mathematics as well as unsuspected pleasure at discovering a new lens through which to view the world.
Release date NZ
April 27th, 2018
Illustrations, black and white
Richard Poulo
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