Geekspeak: How Life + Mathematics = Happiness

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Harper Collins, Sep 30, 2008 - Mathematics - 256 pages
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Curiosity is our human birthright, and destiny. As a species, we are prone to think, ruminate, reflect, cogitate, mull over, and philosophize. Why do we do these things? To explain away the world around us, to find solace in knowledge, to answer all those seeming unanswerables: Why are we here? Is there a God? Is there life after death? And, above all, how many houseflies does it take to pull a car?

Dr. Graham Tattersall, a confirmed and superior geek, has rescued math from the prison of the classroom and put it to use in novel and unexpected ways to explain away some oft-pondered mysteries of the world. The questions he tackles include:

How big is your vocabulary?

How heavy is your house?

Do the dead outnumber the living?

What are the best words to use in a personal ad?

How much do you love your father?

His formula is simple, cunning, and witty, allowing the reader to exercise his or her brain, and impress friends, in ways never possible before. More than a delightful book to read from cover to cover, Geekspeak is an essential tool for solving the unsolvable, sounding intelligent, and better understanding the fascinating world in which we live.

Math has a new champion, and the Geeks a new King.

 

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Contents

Photograph Acknowledgments ix
1
Scrabbling for Words
5
Pumping Iron
15
Safe as Houses
23
Well Connected
33
Fatal Attraction
43
Home Alone
51
Beam Me Up Scotty
62
Bus Stop
129
Stirring Airs
135
Dream Flight
143
Processing Power
153
Soul Mates
165
Idiot Calculus
173
The Ghostly Present
183
Bad Breath
193

Hidden Death
71
Its for You
79
War Chest
87
When the Wind Blows
93
Youre Rubbish
101
The Cunning Fox
107
Fly Wheels
121
The Final Judgment
201
Heavenly Body
211
Passing Water
219
The Man in White
227
Acknowledgments
239
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About the author (2008)

Dr. Graham Tattersall is a freelance engineer working on projects as diverse as computer-aided shoe fitting, fault analysis systems for trains, and enhancement of ultrasound images. He lives in Suffolk, England.

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