By Sam Parc

ISBN-10: 0198701810

ISBN-13: 9780198701811

Chill out: not anyone is familiar with technical arithmetic with out long education yet all of us have an intuitive clutch of the guidelines at the back of the symbols.

To have fun the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Institute of arithmetic and its purposes (IMA), this ebook is designed to exhibit the great thing about arithmetic - together with pictures encouraged by way of mathematical difficulties - including its unreasonable effectiveness and applicability, with out frying your brain.

The e-book is a set of fifty unique essays contributed by way of a large choice of authors. It includes articles via the superior expositors of the topic (du Sautoy, Singh and Stewart for instance) including pleasing biographical items and articles of relevance to our daily lives (such as Spiegelhalter on probability and Elwes on scientific imaging). the subjects lined are intentionally varied and contain options from uncomplicated numerology to the very innovative of arithmetic learn. each one article is designed to be learn in a single sitting and to be obtainable to a common audience.

There can be different content material. There are 50 pictorial 'visions of mathematics' that have been provided in line with an open demand contributions from IMA participants, Plus readers and the global arithmetic group. You'll additionally discover a sequence of "proofs" of Phythagoras's Theorem - mathematical, literary and comedy - after this, you'll by no means reflect on Pythagoras a similar method back.

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