## Beyond Numeracy: Ruminations of a Numbers ManFrom the author of the national bestseller Innumeracy, a delightful exploration and explanation of mathematical concepts from algebra to zero in easily accessible alphabetical entries. " Paulos . . . does for mathematics what The Joy of Sex did for the boudoir. . . ." --Washington Post Book World. First time in paperback. |

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#### BEYOND NUMERACY: The Ruminations of a Numbers Man

User Review - KirkusMaybe there is a royal road to mathematics, after all. If so, Paulos is motoring on it in the driver's seat with this wide- ranging follow-up to his best-selling Innumeracy (1988). In the course of ... Read full review

### Contents

A Mathematical Accent | 3 |

Analytic Geometry | 10 |

Areas and Volumes | 21 |

Combinatorics Graphs and Maps | 43 |

Correlation Intervals and Testing | 56 |

Game Theory | 91 |

Humor and Mathematics | 112 |

Mathematical Induction | 121 |

Platonic Solids | 181 |

The Quadratic and Other Formulas | 198 |

RecursionFrom Definitions to Life | 209 |

SeriesConvergence and Divergence | 221 |

Trigonometry | 251 |

Voting Systems | 262 |

Chronological Listing of the Top Forty | 271 |

Pascals Triangle | 171 |

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