The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to InfinityA worldclass mathematician and regular contributor to theNew York Times hosts a delightful tour of the greatest ideas of math, revealing how it connects to literature, philosophy, law, medicine, art, business, even pop culture in ways we never imagined 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? Believe it or not, math plays a crucial role in answering all of these questions and more. Math underpins everything in the cosmos, including us, yet too few of us understand this universal language well enough to revel in its wisdom, its beauty — and its joy. This deeply enlightening, vastly entertaining volume translates math in a way that is at once intelligible and thrilling. Each trenchant chapter ofThe Joy of x offers an “aha!” moment, starting with why numbers are so helpful, and progressing through the wondrous truths implicit in π, the Pythagorean theorem, irrational numbers, fat tails, even the rigors and surprising charms of calculus. Showing why he has won awards as a professor at Cornell and garnered extensive praise for his articles about math for theNew York Times, Strogatz presumes of his readers only curiosity and common sense. And he rewards them with clear, ingenious, and often funny explanations of the most vital and exciting principles of his discipline. Whether you aced integral calculus or aren’t sure what an integer is, you’ll find profound wisdom and persistent delight inThe Joy of x. 
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User Review  MartinBodek  LibraryThingThe book is aptly named. It was a joy to revisit the math I was taught, but didn't understand, but really wanted to, and struggled. If textbooks would be replaced by books such as this, darnit, grades ... Read full review
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User Review  sar96  LibraryThingInteresting, well written, nonfiction Math book showing us the history, connections and joys of math. I appreciated that the book The solitude of Prime Numbers was mentioned. Read full review
Contents
Part Two RELATIONSHIPS  43 
Part Three SHAPES  83 
Part Four CHANGE  129 
Part Five DATA  173 
Part Six FRONTIERS  199 
Back Matter  257 
Back Flap  317 
Back Cover  318 
Spine  319 
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The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Mathematics, from One to Infinity Steven Strogatz No preview available  2012 
The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Mathematics, from One to Infinity Steven Henry Strogatz,Strogatz Steven No preview available  2012 
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