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 "In 2010, awardwinning professor Steven Strogatz wrote a series for the New York Times online called "The Elements of Math." It was hugely popular: Each piece climbed the most emailed list and elicited hundreds of comments. Readers begged for more, and Strogatz has now delivered. In this fun, fastpaced book, he offers us all a second chance at math. Each short chapter of The Joy of X provides an "Aha!" moment, starting with why numbers are helpful, and moving on to such topics as shapes, calculus, fat tails, and infinity. Strogatz explains the ideas of math gently and clearly, with wit, insight, and brilliant illustrations. Assuming no knowledge, only curiosity, he shows how math connects to literature, philosophy, law, medicine, art, business, even pop culture and current events. For example, did O.J. do it? How should you flip your mattress to get the maximum wear out of it? How does Google search the Internet? How many people should you date before settling down? Strogatz is the math teacher you wish you'd had, and The Joy of X is the book you'll want to give to all your smart and curious friends."
 Language
 eng
 Extent
 xii, 316 pages
 Contents

 Part 1. Numbers. From fish to infinity : an introduction to numbers, pointing out their upsides (they're efficient) as well as their downsides (they're ethereal) ; Rock groups: Treating numbers concretelythink rockscan make calculations less baffling ; The enemy of my enemy : the disturbing concept of subtraction, and how we deal with the fact that negative numbers seem so negative ; Commuting : when you buy jeans on sale, do you save more money if the clerk applies the discount after the tax, or before? ; Division and its discontents : helping Verizon grasp the difference between .002 dollars and .002 cents ; Location, location, location : how the placevalue system for writing numbers brought arithmetic to the masses – Part 2. Relationships. The joy of x : arithmetic becomes algebra when we begin working with unknowns and formulas ; Finding your roots : complex numbers, a hybrid of the imaginary and the real, are the pinnacle of number systems ; My tub runneth over : turning peril to pleasure in word problems ; Working your quads : the quadratic formula may never win any beauty contests, but the ideas behind it are ravishing ; Power tools : in math, the function of functions is to transform  Part 3. Shapes. Square dancing : geometry, intuition, and the long road from Pythagoras to Einstein ; Something from nothing : like any other creative act, constructing a proof begins with inspiration ; The conic conspiracy : the uncanny similarities between parabolas and ellipses suggest hidden forces at work ; Sine qua non : Sine waves everywhere, from Ferris wheels to zebra stripes ; Take it to the limit : Archimedes recognized the power of the infinite and in the process laid the groundwork for calculus 
 Part 4. Change. Change we can believe in : differential calculus can show you the best path from A to B, and Michael Jordan's dunks help explain why ; It slices, it dices : the lasting legacy of integral calculus is a VegOMatic view of the universe ; All about e : how many people should you date before settling down? Your grandmother knows, and so does the number e ; Loves me, loves me not : differential equations made sense of planetary motion. But the course of true love? Now that's confusing ; Step into the light : a light beam is a pas de deux of electric and magnetic fields, and vector calculus is its choreographer – Part 5. Data. The new normal : Bell curves are out. Fat tails are in ; Chances are : the improbable thrills of probability theory ; Untangling the Web : how Google solved the Zen riddle of Internet search using linear algebra  Part 6. Frontiers. The loneliest numbers : prime numbers, solitary and inscrutable, space themselves apart in mysterious ways ; Group think : group theory, one of the most versatile parts of math, bridges art and science ; Twist and shout : playing with Möbius strips and music boxes, and a better way to cut a bagel ; Think globally : differential geometry reveals the shortest route between two points on a globe or any other curved surface ; Analyze this! : Why calculus, once so smug and cocky, had to put itself on the couch ; The Hilbert Hotel : an exploration of infinity as this book, not being infinite, comes to an end
 Isbn
 9780547517650
 Label
 The joy of x : a guided tour of math, from one to infinity
 Title
 The joy of x
 Title remainder
 a guided tour of math, from one to infinity
 Statement of responsibility
 Steven Strogatz
 Language
 eng
 Summary
 "In 2010, awardwinning professor Steven Strogatz wrote a series for the New York Times online called "The Elements of Math." It was hugely popular: Each piece climbed the most emailed list and elicited hundreds of comments. Readers begged for more, and Strogatz has now delivered. In this fun, fastpaced book, he offers us all a second chance at math. Each short chapter of The Joy of X provides an "Aha!" moment, starting with why numbers are helpful, and moving on to such topics as shapes, calculus, fat tails, and infinity. Strogatz explains the ideas of math gently and clearly, with wit, insight, and brilliant illustrations. Assuming no knowledge, only curiosity, he shows how math connects to literature, philosophy, law, medicine, art, business, even pop culture and current events. For example, did O.J. do it? How should you flip your mattress to get the maximum wear out of it? How does Google search the Internet? How many people should you date before settling down? Strogatz is the math teacher you wish you'd had, and The Joy of X is the book you'll want to give to all your smart and curious friends."
 Assigning source
 Provided by publisher
 Cataloging source
 DLC
 http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
 Strogatz, Steven H.
 Dewey number
 510
 Illustrations
 illustrations
 Index
 index present
 LC call number
 QA93
 LC item number
 .S77 2012
 Literary form
 non fiction
 Nature of contents
 bibliography
 http://library.link/vocab/subjectName

 Mathematics
 MATHEMATICS
 Mathematics
 Mathematik
 Matematik
 Mathematics
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 The joy of x : a guided tour of math, from one to infinity, Steven Strogatz
 Bibliography note
 Includes bibliographical references and index
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 volume
 Carrier category code
 nc
 Carrier MARC source
 rdacarrier
 Content category
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 Content type code
 txt
 Content type MARC source
 rdacontent
 Contents

 Part 1. Numbers. From fish to infinity : an introduction to numbers, pointing out their upsides (they're efficient) as well as their downsides (they're ethereal) ; Rock groups: Treating numbers concretelythink rockscan make calculations less baffling ; The enemy of my enemy : the disturbing concept of subtraction, and how we deal with the fact that negative numbers seem so negative ; Commuting : when you buy jeans on sale, do you save more money if the clerk applies the discount after the tax, or before? ; Division and its discontents : helping Verizon grasp the difference between .002 dollars and .002 cents ; Location, location, location : how the placevalue system for writing numbers brought arithmetic to the masses – Part 2. Relationships. The joy of x : arithmetic becomes algebra when we begin working with unknowns and formulas ; Finding your roots : complex numbers, a hybrid of the imaginary and the real, are the pinnacle of number systems ; My tub runneth over : turning peril to pleasure in word problems ; Working your quads : the quadratic formula may never win any beauty contests, but the ideas behind it are ravishing ; Power tools : in math, the function of functions is to transform  Part 3. Shapes. Square dancing : geometry, intuition, and the long road from Pythagoras to Einstein ; Something from nothing : like any other creative act, constructing a proof begins with inspiration ; The conic conspiracy : the uncanny similarities between parabolas and ellipses suggest hidden forces at work ; Sine qua non : Sine waves everywhere, from Ferris wheels to zebra stripes ; Take it to the limit : Archimedes recognized the power of the infinite and in the process laid the groundwork for calculus 
 Part 4. Change. Change we can believe in : differential calculus can show you the best path from A to B, and Michael Jordan's dunks help explain why ; It slices, it dices : the lasting legacy of integral calculus is a VegOMatic view of the universe ; All about e : how many people should you date before settling down? Your grandmother knows, and so does the number e ; Loves me, loves me not : differential equations made sense of planetary motion. But the course of true love? Now that's confusing ; Step into the light : a light beam is a pas de deux of electric and magnetic fields, and vector calculus is its choreographer – Part 5. Data. The new normal : Bell curves are out. Fat tails are in ; Chances are : the improbable thrills of probability theory ; Untangling the Web : how Google solved the Zen riddle of Internet search using linear algebra  Part 6. Frontiers. The loneliest numbers : prime numbers, solitary and inscrutable, space themselves apart in mysterious ways ; Group think : group theory, one of the most versatile parts of math, bridges art and science ; Twist and shout : playing with Möbius strips and music boxes, and a better way to cut a bagel ; Think globally : differential geometry reveals the shortest route between two points on a globe or any other curved surface ; Analyze this! : Why calculus, once so smug and cocky, had to put itself on the couch ; The Hilbert Hotel : an exploration of infinity as this book, not being infinite, comes to an end
 Control code
 ocn772100958
 Dimensions
 24 cm
 Extent
 xii, 316 pages
 Isbn
 9780547517650
 Lccn
 2012017320
 Media category
 unmediated
 Media MARC source
 rdamedia
 Media type code
 n
 Other physical details
 illustrations
 System control number

 (Sirsi) i9780547517650
 (OCoLC)772100958
 Label
 The joy of x : a guided tour of math, from one to infinity, Steven Strogatz
 Bibliography note
 Includes bibliographical references and index
 Carrier category
 volume
 Carrier category code
 nc
 Carrier MARC source
 rdacarrier
 Content category
 text
 Content type code
 txt
 Content type MARC source
 rdacontent
 Contents

 Part 1. Numbers. From fish to infinity : an introduction to numbers, pointing out their upsides (they're efficient) as well as their downsides (they're ethereal) ; Rock groups: Treating numbers concretelythink rockscan make calculations less baffling ; The enemy of my enemy : the disturbing concept of subtraction, and how we deal with the fact that negative numbers seem so negative ; Commuting : when you buy jeans on sale, do you save more money if the clerk applies the discount after the tax, or before? ; Division and its discontents : helping Verizon grasp the difference between .002 dollars and .002 cents ; Location, location, location : how the placevalue system for writing numbers brought arithmetic to the masses – Part 2. Relationships. The joy of x : arithmetic becomes algebra when we begin working with unknowns and formulas ; Finding your roots : complex numbers, a hybrid of the imaginary and the real, are the pinnacle of number systems ; My tub runneth over : turning peril to pleasure in word problems ; Working your quads : the quadratic formula may never win any beauty contests, but the ideas behind it are ravishing ; Power tools : in math, the function of functions is to transform  Part 3. Shapes. Square dancing : geometry, intuition, and the long road from Pythagoras to Einstein ; Something from nothing : like any other creative act, constructing a proof begins with inspiration ; The conic conspiracy : the uncanny similarities between parabolas and ellipses suggest hidden forces at work ; Sine qua non : Sine waves everywhere, from Ferris wheels to zebra stripes ; Take it to the limit : Archimedes recognized the power of the infinite and in the process laid the groundwork for calculus 
 Part 4. Change. Change we can believe in : differential calculus can show you the best path from A to B, and Michael Jordan's dunks help explain why ; It slices, it dices : the lasting legacy of integral calculus is a VegOMatic view of the universe ; All about e : how many people should you date before settling down? Your grandmother knows, and so does the number e ; Loves me, loves me not : differential equations made sense of planetary motion. But the course of true love? Now that's confusing ; Step into the light : a light beam is a pas de deux of electric and magnetic fields, and vector calculus is its choreographer – Part 5. Data. The new normal : Bell curves are out. Fat tails are in ; Chances are : the improbable thrills of probability theory ; Untangling the Web : how Google solved the Zen riddle of Internet search using linear algebra  Part 6. Frontiers. The loneliest numbers : prime numbers, solitary and inscrutable, space themselves apart in mysterious ways ; Group think : group theory, one of the most versatile parts of math, bridges art and science ; Twist and shout : playing with Möbius strips and music boxes, and a better way to cut a bagel ; Think globally : differential geometry reveals the shortest route between two points on a globe or any other curved surface ; Analyze this! : Why calculus, once so smug and cocky, had to put itself on the couch ; The Hilbert Hotel : an exploration of infinity as this book, not being infinite, comes to an end
 Control code
 ocn772100958
 Dimensions
 24 cm
 Extent
 xii, 316 pages
 Isbn
 9780547517650
 Lccn
 2012017320
 Media category
 unmediated
 Media MARC source
 rdamedia
 Media type code
 n
 Other physical details
 illustrations
 System control number

 (Sirsi) i9780547517650
 (OCoLC)772100958
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