The Joy of Mathematics: Discovering Mathematics All Around You

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Wide World Pub./Tetra, 1989 - Mathematics - 237 pages
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Part of the joy of mathematics is that it is everywhere-in soap bubbles, electricity, da Vinci's masterpieces, even in an ocean wave. Written by the well-known 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 self-contained providing the reader with an enjoyable way to explore and experience mathematics at its best.

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User Review  - engpunk77 - LibraryThing

FYI, this won't make you appreciate the joy of math unless you already do. I "liked" math in school, but I guess I don't have a mind for math. This book just gives you a brief description of myriad ... Read full review

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User Review  - mosbor - LibraryThing

Math 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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About the author (1989)

Theoni Pappas is a mathematics teacher and consultant and received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and her M.A. from Stanford University. Pappas is committed to demystifying mathematics and to helping eliminate the elitism and fear often associated with it. In 2000 she received The Excellence in Achievement Award from the University of California Alumni Association.

Her books have been translated into Japanese, Finnish, French, Slovakian, Czech, Korean, Turkish, Russian, Thai, simplified and traditional Chinese, Portuguese, Italian, Vietnamese, and Spanish.

In addition to The Mathematics Calendar, Pappas has written over 15 books and created many other products which are focused on introducing people to the many wonders of mathematics.

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