The Joy of Mathematics: Discovering Mathematics All Around YouPart of the joy of mathematics is that it is everywherein soap bubbles, electricity, da Vinci's masterpieces, even in an ocean wave. Written by the wellknown mathematics teacher consultant, this volume's collection of over 200 clearly illustrated mathematical ideas, concepts, puzzles, and games shows where they turn up in the "real" world. You'll find out what a googol is, visit hotel infinity, read a thorny logic problem that was stumping them back in the 8th century. THE JOY OF MATHEMATICS is designed to be opened at random…it's mini essays are selfcontained providing the reader with an enjoyable way to explore and experience mathematics at its best. 
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User Review  mosbor  LibraryThingMath is all around us. In the physical world and the theoretical world. "Base ten, Pythagorean Theorem, Eratosthenes measures the Earth" are just a few of the topics presented in Pappas' informative ... Read full review
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