## Beyond numeracy: ruminations of a numbers manFrom the author of the national bestseller Innumeracy, a delightful exploration of the beauty and fascination of mathematics. Entries range from algebra, coincidence, game theory, non-Euclidean geometry, calculus, and probability theory to such new areas of mathematics as chaos, fractals, recursion, and complexity in this accessible work. 47 drawings.election. |

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... Programming 133 Matrices and Vectors 136 Mean, Median, and Mode 141

Mobius Strips and Orientability 144 Monte Carlo Method of Simulation 14J The

Multiplication Principle 150 Music, Art, and Digitalization J 54 Non-Euclidean

Geometry 158 Notation 1 63

Orderings and Comparisons 169 Pascal's Triangle ljl Philosophy of Mathematics

275 Pi 1J8 Platonic Solids 181 Contents j ix Prime Numbers 1 84 Probability 1 8

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... Programming 133 Matrices and Vectors 136 Mean, Median, and Mode 141

Mobius Strips and Orientability 144 Monte Carlo Method of Simulation 14J The

Multiplication Principle 150 Music, Art, and Digitalization J 54 Non-Euclidean

Geometry 158 Notation 1 63

**Oulipo**— Mathematics in Literature 166 PartialOrderings and Comparisons 169 Pascal's Triangle ljl Philosophy of Mathematics

275 Pi 1J8 Platonic Solids 181 Contents j ix Prime Numbers 1 84 Probability 1 8

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The Ouvroir de Litterature Potentielle (Workshop of Potential Literature),

for short, is the name of a small group of primarily French writers, mathematicians

, and academics devoted to the exploration of mathematical and quasi-

mathematical techniques in literature. Founded by Raymond Queneau and

Frangois Le Lionnais in Paris in 1960, the group searches for new literary

structures via the imposition of unusual constraints, for methods of systematically

transforming texts, and ...

The Ouvroir de Litterature Potentielle (Workshop of Potential Literature),

**Oulipo**for short, is the name of a small group of primarily French writers, mathematicians

, and academics devoted to the exploration of mathematical and quasi-

mathematical techniques in literature. Founded by Raymond Queneau and

Frangois Le Lionnais in Paris in 1960, the group searches for new literary

structures via the imposition of unusual constraints, for methods of systematically

transforming texts, and ...

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called hypermedia tools would make their combinatorial literary play easier. (See

the entry on human consciousness, its fractal nature. ) When they're good,

punning and trickery is as tiresome as babysitting for a brilliantly loquacious eight

- vear-old. (Note that I've accomplished the awesome feat of writing this entire

entry with only twenty-five letters — not a single instance of the last letter of the

alphabet.) ...

called hypermedia tools would make their combinatorial literary play easier. (See

the entry on human consciousness, its fractal nature. ) When they're good,

**Oulipo's**works are fresh, stimulating, and fun. When they're not, the incessantpunning and trickery is as tiresome as babysitting for a brilliantly loquacious eight

- vear-old. (Note that I've accomplished the awesome feat of writing this entire

entry with only twenty-five letters — not a single instance of the last letter of the

alphabet.) ...

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A Mathematical Accent | 3 |

Analytic Geometry | 10 |

Areas and Volumes | 18 |

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