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Digital Dice

by Paul J. Nahin

Some probability problems are so difficult that they stump the smartest mathematicians. But even the hardest of these problems can often be solved with a computer and a Monte Carlo simulation, in which a random-number...


Enlightening Symbols: A Short History of Mathematical Notation and Its Hidden Powers

by Joseph Mazur

While all of us regularly use basic math symbols such as those for plus, minus, and equals, few of us know that many of these symbols weren’t available before the sixteenth century. What did mathematicians...


Everyday Calculus: Discovering the Hidden Math All around Us

by Oscar E. Fernandez

Calculus. For some of us, the word conjures up memories of ten-pound textbooks and visions of tedious abstract equations. And yet, in reality, calculus is fun, accessible, and surrounds us everywhere we go....


The Fifth Postulate: How Unraveling a Two Thousand Year Old Mystery Unraveled the Universe

by Jason Socrates Bardi

The great discovery that no one wanted to make

It's the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, and Euclidean geometry has been profoundly influential for centuries. One mystery remains, however: Euclid's fifth postulate...


Towing Icebergs, Falling Dominoes, and Other Adventures in Applied Mathematics (New in Paperback)

by Robert B. Banks

Although we seldom think of it, our lives are played out in a world of numbers. Such common activities as throwing baseballs, skipping rope, growing flowers, playing football, measuring savings accounts, and...


Digital Dice: Computational Solutions to Practical Probability Problems (New in Paperback)

by Paul J. Nahin

Some probability problems are so difficult that they stump the smartest mathematicians. But even the hardest of these problems can often be solved with a computer and a Monte Carlo simulation, in which a random-number...


The Number Mysteries

by Marcus du Sautoy

Every time we download music, take a flight across the Atlantic or talk on our cell phones, we are relying on great mathematical inventions. In The Number Mysteries, one of our generation’s foremost mathematicians...


Paradox: The Nine Greatest Enigmas in Physics

by Jim al-Khalili

A fun and fascinating look at great scientific paradoxes.

   Throughout history, scientists have come up with theories and ideas that just don't seem to make sense.  These we call paradoxes.  The paradoxes...


Guesstimation 2.0: Solving Today's Problems on the Back of a Napkin

by Lawrence Weinstein

Guesstimation 2.0 reveals the simple and effective techniques needed to estimate virtually anything--quickly--and illustrates them using an eclectic array of problems. A stimulating follow-up to Guesstimation...


The Riddle of Scheherazade: And Other Amazing Puzzles, Ancient and Modern

by Raymond M. Smullyan

In his new book, Raymond Smullyan, grand vizier of the logic puzzle, joins Scheherazade, a charming young woman of “fantastic logical ingenuity,” to give us 1001 hours of brain-teasing fun.

 

Scheherazade,...


Slicing Pizzas, Racing Turtles, and Further Adventures in Applied Mathematics

by Robert B. B. Banks

Have you ever daydreamed about digging a hole to the other side of the world? Robert Banks not only entertains such ideas but, better yet, he supplies the mathematical know-how to turn fantasies into problem-solving...


Chases and Escapes: The Mathematics of Pursuit and Evasion

by Paul J. Nahin

We all played tag when we were kids. What most of us don't realize is that this simple chase game is in fact an application of pursuit theory, and that the same principles of games like tag, dodgeball, and hide-and-seek...


A Wealth of Numbers: An Anthology of 500 Years of Popular Mathematics Writing

by Benjamin Wardhaugh

Despite what we may sometimes imagine, popular mathematics writing didn't begin with Martin Gardner. In fact, it has a rich tradition stretching back hundreds of years. This entertaining and enlightening anthology--the...


Speed Math for Kids: Helping Children Achieve Their Full Potential

by Bill Handley

Popular Australian author and inspirational teacher, Bill Handley, has developed and, over the years, refined methods of teaching mathematics and learning strategies that have achieved amazing results. His best-selling...


The Zen of Magic Squares, Circles, and Stars: An Exhibition of Surprising Structures across Dimensions

by Clifford A. Pickover

Humanity's love affair with mathematics and mysticism reached a critical juncture, legend has it, on the back of a turtle in ancient China. As Clifford Pickover briefly recounts in this enthralling book, the...


The Ellipse: A Historical and Mathematical Journey

by Arthur Mazer

Explores the development of the ellipse and presents mathematical concepts within a rich, historical context

The Ellipse features a unique, narrative approach when presenting the development of this mathematical...


Magical Mathematics: The Mathematical Ideas That Animate Great Magic Tricks

by Persi Diaconis & Ron Graham

Magical Mathematics reveals the secrets of amazing, fun-to-perform card tricks--and the profound mathematical ideas behind them--that will astound even the most accomplished magician. Persi Diaconis and Ron...


The Language of Mathematics: Utilizing Math in Practice

by Robert L. Baber

A new and unique way of understanding the translation of concepts and natural language into mathematical expressions

Transforming a body of text into corresponding mathematical expressions and models is traditionally...


A Mathematical Nature Walk

by John A. Adam

How heavy is that cloud? Why can you see farther in rain than in fog? Why are the droplets on that spider web spaced apart so evenly? If you have ever asked questions like these while outdoors, and wondered...


Mathematics To Do: A Recreational Mathematics Book

by Chris O'Donoghue

Synopsis: Many people are interested in mathematics, but do not have any partcular skill in its techniques. "Mathematics To Do - a recreational mathematics book" was written for a group of such people whose...