Does that word scare you? Or does math pique your interest?
Whether you like it or hate it , math is a part of our lives. I liked math some when I was growing up. Now that I see all of it’s real life applications, I’m a bigger fan. Even if you try to ignore math, it is ever present in our world and every day life.
The New York Times Book of Mathematics is a collection of stories that are all about math. This book would be a great gift for a Dad or graduate who loves numbers and how they work together.
The New York Times Book of Mathematics
More Than 100 Years of Writing by the Numbers
Gina Kolata (Editor)
Pub. date 6/4/13
Synopsis: “A great mathematician once rejected the very idea that people outside his circle could ever understand the true essence of his field— and yet the 110 articles written from 1892 to 2010 in The New York Times reveals the complexity and true practicality of math for every person. The New York Times Book of Mathematics reveals a rich world that can be exciting, surprising, and even a bit emotional.”
The articles were originally in The Times, so they aren’t too long. Each one is packed full of information, just as I expected. They are organized into categories that can stimulate your mind and help increase your appreciation of math.
- What is Mathematics?
- Statistics, Coincidences And Surprising Facts
- Famous Problems Solved, And As Yet Unsolved
- Chaos, Catastrophe And Randomness
- Cryptography And The Emergence of Truly Unbreakable Codes
- Computers Enter The World of Mathematics
- Mathematicians And Their World
Just like with a newspaper, you can skip around and read whichever articles suit your mood. They are fun from an intellectual standpoint and also have practical meaning.
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