Figuring It Out

Entertaining Encounters with Everyday Math

  • Nuno Crato

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Everyday Matters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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  3. The Earth is Round

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
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About this book


This is a book of mathematical stories — funny and puzzling mathematical stories. They tell of villains who try to steal secrets, heroes who encode their messages, and mathematicians who spend years on end searching for the best way to pile oranges.

There are also stories about highway confusions occurring when the rules of Cartesian geometry are ignored, small-change errors due to ignorance of ancient paradoxes, and mistakes in calendars arising from poor numerical approximations.

This book is about the power and beauty of mathematics. It shows mathematics in action, explained in a way that everybody can understand. It is a book for enticing youngsters and inspiring teachers.

Nuno Crato is a leading science writer and mathematician, whose entertaining essays have won a number of international awards.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Nuno Crato
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  1. 1.Inst. Superior de Economia e Gestão, Depto. MatemáticaUniversidade Técnica de LisboaLisboaPortugal

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Copernicus, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Mathematics and Statistics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-04832-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-04833-3
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