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Figuring It Out

Entertaining Encounters with Everyday Math

  • Nuno Crato

Table of contents

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

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  3. The Earth is Round

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  4. Secret Affairs

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  5. Art and Geometry

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      Pages 105-105
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  6. Mathematical Objects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
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About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

Everyday logistics Games of logic and chance Mathematical Everyday Life Applications Mathematical Paradoxes Mathematical Puzzles Mathematical Recreations Mathematics - Popular Works Numbers in daily life Simple math p geometry mathematics proof

Authors and affiliations

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

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