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Drawing on their hugely popular BBC Radio 4 show More or Less,, journalist Michael Blastland and internationally known economist Andrew Dilnot delight, amuse, and convert American mathphobes by showing how our everyday experiences make sense of numbers.
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How did a country wracked by civil war, devastated by famine, and overshadowed by tyranny incubate a major breakthrough in modern mathematics? In the origins of descriptive set theory, Graham and Kantor confront the puzzling cultural dynamics that converted religious mysticism into mathematical insight. Booklist Reviews
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While few can hope to emulate the brilliance of a Nobel Prize winner like [Enrico] Fermi, coming up with pretty good guesstimates is a skill that can be taught. And that's the aim of "Guesstimation," After a quick tutorial, the authors get down to business with a host of wide-ranging worked examples, from estimating the numbers of piano tuners in Los Angeles to figuring out the impact of deforestation on greenhouse gas levels. The results are sometimes surprising.
Algebra and calculus are tough on high school students like you. Professor Bob Miller, with more than 30 years' teaching experience, is a master at making the complex simple, and his now-classic series of Clueless study aids has helped tens of thousands understand the tough subjects.
Job hunters--or anyone who wants to practice taking self-assessment tests--look no further: This step-by-step guide gives you the key skills for taking numerical reasoning tests. Now routinely used in recruitment, these tests can be daunting. Smith provides an overview of the basic skills you'll need, while practice tests allow you to measure your progress. Preparation plays a large part in determining your level of success; this best-selling book will help you face the rigors of a numerical reasoning test with confidence.
Count on this comprehensive study program with CD-ROM for success on the GED math test McGraw-Hill's GED Mathematics helps you quickly develop the confidence and skills you need to ace the most feared sections of the high school equivalency exam. It features easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and hundreds of exercises--with answers--in all GED math topics. In addition to three complete practice tests, you get full-length pre- and posttests that help you target your study and gauge your preparedness.
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This is the first major sourcebook in English for the history of mathematics in Egypt, Mesopotamia, India, China, and the Middle East. It is notable for the wide variety of sources, which will challenge preconceptions everywhere, as well as for the clarity and force of the introductions to the mathematical cultures on display.
Clearly passionate about math, Weisstein, an astronomer, began compiling this one-man labor-of-love reference about 14 years ago during his college days. Topics reflect the author's interests, as he says, his "own random walk through mathematics," rather than a fixed set of criteria. Differing from other math dictionaries, this one contains extensive cross referencing to related entries as well as internet sites; the entries contain both standard and popular references; and the abundant examples include explicit formulas and derivations. Weisstein has added about 3,600 new entries to this second edition (which is about one-third larger than the first, published in 1999), updated everything (including bibliographies), and enhanced many entries by incorporating Mathematica commands (for performing calculations and producing graphical displays and illustrations). At more than 3,000 pages (necessarily thin paper, to fit in one volume), this work is a unique reference and a terrific value pricewise.
This four-volume reference explains mathematical concepts and provides a historical overview of the field in language appropriate for middle school through high school students, or for general readers. Separately indexed, each volume is about 220 pages and devotes 35 pages or so to an identical glossary and topic list probably a useful feature for student readers who might not make the effort to refer to a separate volume. Entries are alphabetically arranged and discuss topics related to the uses and effects of math in daily life; its role as a tool for measurement, data analysis, and technological development; important people; and careers. Each entry is signed and includes a brief bibliography. Entries range from a half page to several pages and are abundantly illustrated.
Intended for curious high school students, this two-volume encyclopedia clarifies 80 mathematical topics and their practical utility for study. Each entry begins with an overview of the subject, defines the fundamental concepts and terms, reviews the history of discovery and development, and describes several real-life applications. Topics include algebra, calculus, fractals, game theory, logarithms, music, proportion, rounding, statistics, trigonometry, volume, and word problems. Black and white photographs are provided.
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