Les entiers vous intriguent ? Les quadratiques vous asticotent ? Les spirales vous donnent le tournis ? Découvrez le monde merveilleux des mathématiques avec ce livre déjà vendu à plusieurs centaines de milliers d'exemplaires en Angleterre ! " Une introduction spectaculaire à l'émerveillement que suscitent les mathématiques. (...) Alex Bellos nous emmène à la rencontre d'un numérologue des stars à Hollywood, d'un gourou des maths mystiques en Inde, de calculateurs prodiges à Leipzig et de fanatiques du boulier au Japon. Chemin faisant il nous explique toute une gamme de notions, de Pythagore à la géométrie non euclidienne. (...) C'est formidablement réussi. " The Sunday Times " Ouvrez ce livre à n'importe quelle page, vous vous délecterez comme s'il s'agissait d'un recueil d'aphorismes. Mais les dépêches de Bellos sont au fond bien plus que cela : ce sont des carnets d'un voyage à travers un pays étrange et merveilleux, auquel chacun de nous est soumis, mais que très peu ont l'occasion de visiter. " The Guardian " Ce livre merveilleux fait voler en éclats le mythe selon lequel les mathématiques seraient ennuyeuses et difficiles. (...) Les explications de Bellos sont tellement limpides qu'on a vraiment l'impression qu'il n'y aurait qu'à s'y mettre. " The Independent " On est à mi-chemin entre le journalisme, les carnets de voyage et l'histoire, ce qui est nettement plus séduisant que nombre d'autres textes prétendument accessibles... " London Mathematical Society Newsletter " Un ouvrage captivant sur la relation bizarre, jamais simple, mais surtout jamais ennuyeuse qu'entretient l'humanité avec les chiffres. " New Scientist
A hugely enjoyable, brilliantly researched explanation of the basic principles of maths.
Playing with Infinity
Author: Rózsa Péter
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Popular account ranges from counting to mathematical logic and covers many concepts related to infinity: graphic representation of functions; pairings, other combinations; prime numbers; logarithms, circular functions; more. 216 illustrations.
In In Pursuit of the Unknown, celebrated mathematician Ian Stewart uses a handful of mathematical equations to explore the vitally important connections between math and human progress. We often overlook the historical link between mathematics and technological advances, says Stewart—but this connection is integral to any complete understanding of human history. Equations are modeled on the patterns we find in the world around us, says Stewart, and it is through equations that we are able to make sense of, and in turn influence, our world. Stewart locates the origins of each equation he presents—from Pythagoras's Theorem to Newton's Law of Gravity to Einstein's Theory of Relativity—within a particular historical moment, elucidating the development of mathematical and philosophical thought necessary for each equation's discovery. None of these equations emerged in a vacuum, Stewart shows; each drew, in some way, on past equations and the thinking of the day. In turn, all of these equations paved the way for major developments in mathematics, science, philosophy, and technology. Without logarithms (invented in the early 17th century by John Napier and improved by Henry Briggs), scientists would not have been able to calculate the movement of the planets, and mathematicians would not have been able to develop fractal geometry. The Wave Equation is one of the most important equations in physics, and is crucial for engineers studying the vibrations in vehicles and the response of buildings to earthquakes. And the equation at the heart of Information Theory, devised by Claude Shannon, is the basis of digital communication today. An approachable and informative guide to the equations upon which nearly every aspect of scientific and mathematical understanding depends, In Pursuit of the Unknown is also a reminder that equations have profoundly influenced our thinking and continue to make possible many of the advances that we take for granted.
The Grapes of Math
Author: Alex Bellos
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
From triangles, rotations and power laws, to cones, curves and the dreaded calculus, Alex takes you on a journey of mathematical discovery with his signature wit and limitless enthusiasm. He sifts through over 30,000 survey submissions to uncover the world’s favourite number, and meets a mathematician who looks for universes in his garage. He attends the World Mathematical Congress in India, and visits the engineer who designed the first roller-coaster loop. Get hooked on math as Alex delves deep into humankind’s turbulent relationship with numbers, and reveals how they have shaped the world we live in.
Author: Alex Bellos
Publisher: Chronicle Books
In his travels to Japan, author Alex Bellos set out to uncover the world's brightest puzzle inventors, puzzle masters, and origami experts so he could bring a new batch of logic puzzles for anyone hankering for something beyond Sudoku. In Puzzle Ninja he presents more than 200 puzzles to solve—rated easy to excruciating—including 20 new types of original, hand-crafted puzzles, like Shakashaka and Marupeke. With clear instructions, helpful tips, and anecdotes about the puzzles and their creators, this is an entertaining read and an exciting collection of the newest, best, and most addictive Japanese logic puzzles.
Puzzle lovers, rejoice! Bestselling math writer Alex Bellos has a challenge for you: 125 of the world’s best brainteasers from the last two millennia. Armed with logic alone, you’ll detect counterfeit coins, navigate river crossings, and untangle family trees. Then—with just a dash of high school math—you’ll tie a rope around the Earth, match wits with a cryptic wizard, and use four 4s to create every number from 1 to 50. (It can be done!) The ultimate casebook for daring puzzlers, Can You Solve My Problems? also tells the story of the puzzle—from ancient China to Victorian England to modern-day Japan. Grab your pencil and get puzzling!
Author: Julia Rothman
Publisher: Storey Publishing
See the world in a whole new way! Acclaimed illustrator Julia Rothman combines art and science in this exciting and educational guide to the structure, function, and personality of the natural world. Explore the anatomy of a jellyfish, the inside of a volcano, monarch butterfly migration, how sunsets work, and much more. Rothman’s whimsical illustrations are paired with interactive activities that encourage curiosity and inspire you to look more closely at the world all around you.
Traces computing from the development of the abacus, through the invention of the binary system, the introduction of mechanical and electronic computers, and projections of quantum computers.
Author: David Berlinski
Publisher: Modern Library
In Infinite Ascent, David Berlinski, the acclaimed author of The Advent of the Algorithm, A Tour of the Calculus, and Newton’s Gift, tells the story of mathematics, bringing to life with wit, elegance, and deep insight a 2,500-year-long intellectual adventure. Berlinski focuses on the ten most important breakthroughs in mathematical history–and the men behind them. Here are Pythagoras, intoxicated by the mystical significance of numbers; Euclid, who gave the world the very idea of a proof; Leibniz and Newton, co-discoverers of the calculus; Cantor, master of the infinite; and Gödel, who in one magnificent proof placed everything in doubt. The elaboration of mathematical knowledge has meant nothing less than the unfolding of human consciousness itself. With his unmatched ability to make abstract ideas concrete and approachable, Berlinski both tells an engrossing tale and introduces us to the full power of what surely ranks as one of the greatest of all human endeavors. From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Sarah Cohen-Scali
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Nazi Germany 1936. The Lebensborn program is going strong as German women are carefully selected by the Nazis and recruited to give birth to new representatives of the Aryan race. Inside one of these women is Max, a fetus waiting to be born and fulfill his destiny as the perfect Aryan. Max is taken away from his birth mother as soon as he enters the world. He will be raised under the leadership and ideologies of the Nazi Party. As he grows up without a mom, without any affection or tenderness, according to Nazi educational precepts, he soon becomes the mascot of the program. But things don't go according to plan. Originally published in French, Sarah Cohen-Scali's touching, illuminating, and heartbreaking book has been translated for an English-speaking audience. A Neal Porter Book
A wide, accessible representation of the interests, problems, and philosophic issues that preoccupied the great 17th-century scientist, this collection is grouped according to methods, principles, and theological considerations. 1953 edition.
Author: Alex Bellos
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
An updated edition that includes a new chapter for the 2014 World Cup shares insight into the game at the heart of Brazil's national identity, revealing the role soccer has played in its history and how it is a microcosm of the nation itself.
Time for Bed, Miyuki
Author: Roxane Marie Galliez
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Like children everywhere, Miyuki's imagination peaks at bedtime, when she remembers all the things she has to do before she can possibly go to bed: she needs to water the vegetables, gather snails, and prepare for the arrival of the Dragonfly Queen. Her patient grandfather follows along on her adventures, gently encouraging her to go to sleep. In this beautiful story about family, nature, and love, young children and their parents find a welcome companion for their own bedtime journey.