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The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity (udgave 2013)

af Steven Strogatz (Forfatter)

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"In 2010, award-winning professor Steven wrote a series for the New York Times online called "The Elements of Math." It was hugely popular: Each piece climbed the most emailed list and elicited hundreds of comments. Readers begged for more, and has now delivered. In this fun, fast-paced book, he offers us all a second chance at math. Each short chapter of The Joy of X provides an "Aha!" moment, starting with why numbers are helpful, and moving on to such topics as shapes, calculus, fat tails, and infinity. explains the ideas of math gently and clearly, with wit, insight, and brilliant illustrations. Assuming no knowledge, only curiosity, he shows how math connects to literature, philosophy, law, medicine, art, business, even pop culture and current events. For example, did O.J. do it? How should you flip your mattress to get the maximum wear out of it? How does Google search the Internet? How many people should you date before settling down? is the math teacher you wish you'd had, and The Joy of X is the book you'll want to give to all your smart and curious friends. "--… (mere)
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Titel:The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity
Forfattere:Steven Strogatz (Forfatter)
Info:Mariner Books (2013), Edition: Reprint, 336 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:*****
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I wish it wasn’t over... ( )
  jcoleman3307 | Oct 7, 2021 |
A fun, breezy, not too long survey of a variety of topics in mathematics. I forgot that at least some of this had appeared on the New York Times website, so I may actually have read some of this before. Despite not having studied math since 1995, I found it very easy to follow and would even have welcomed some more complexity. Not one for the math majors, but a good read for those of us who may once have known the difference between differential and integral calculus, but could no longer remember what it is. (This book will refresh your memory.) ( )
  arosoff | Jul 11, 2021 |
Qualche anno fa Steven Strogatz ha tenuto una rubrica settimanale sul New York Times (ehm...) raccontando della matematica di base in termini non matematici ma più terra terra. A partire da quegli articoli ha poi scritto questo libro che in ventinove brevi capitoli, riuniti in sei sezioni (numeri, relazioni, forme, cambiamenti, dati, frontiere) permette al lettore curioso di farsi un'idea non scolastica di cosa può essere la matematica.

A parte i titoli "musicali" dei capitoli - io ho notato immediatamente Take It to the Limit, Step Into the Light, Twist and Shout, ma il capitolo che parla di moltiplicazione per esempio si intitola Rock Groups - il libro mi è piaciuto proprio per questo suo approccio non standard, più interessato a far vedere la matematica al nostro fianco che a spiegare come funziona. Tanto che funziona lo sappiamo tutti, no? Al limite non la sappiamo far funzionare, ma in un certo senso questo è secondario. Ecco: invece che mettersi a parlare della bellezza della sua matematica o della sua utilità, cose che in effetti dopo un po' cominciano a stancare, è bello vedere parlare per una volta della normalità della matematica: con le sue idiosincrasie, certo, ma chi di noi non ha qualche tic? Un'altra sezione che di solito viene snobbata ma in questo caso merita davvero è la bibliografia ragionata: non una semplice serie di (bei) testi, ma anche una spiegazione di cosa ci potete trovare. Strogatz non è il primo a fare qualcosa del genere, ma è sempre bello trovare qualcuno che lo faccia.

Se sapete abbastanza bene l'inglese, cercatevi il libro; so che ne esiste anche una traduzione in spagnolo, mentre mi è stato detto che la traduzione italiana è in corso d'opera: insomma, al limite potete provare ad aspettare qualche mese. ( )
  .mau. | May 14, 2021 |
The book is rather well edited and the content is very accessible. I hope that many who were afraid of math in some sense will see the light with this book. ( )
  hafsteinn | Feb 2, 2021 |
It's been a long time coming...but I FINALLY finished this book. It's good, but it could definitely get pretty dry. I'm a mood reader, and trying to get in the mood to read a math book can be hard, even if you find math interesting. Read my full review here. ( )
  littlebookjockey | Sep 15, 2020 |
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"In 2010, award-winning professor Steven wrote a series for the New York Times online called "The Elements of Math." It was hugely popular: Each piece climbed the most emailed list and elicited hundreds of comments. Readers begged for more, and has now delivered. In this fun, fast-paced book, he offers us all a second chance at math. Each short chapter of The Joy of X provides an "Aha!" moment, starting with why numbers are helpful, and moving on to such topics as shapes, calculus, fat tails, and infinity. explains the ideas of math gently and clearly, with wit, insight, and brilliant illustrations. Assuming no knowledge, only curiosity, he shows how math connects to literature, philosophy, law, medicine, art, business, even pop culture and current events. For example, did O.J. do it? How should you flip your mattress to get the maximum wear out of it? How does Google search the Internet? How many people should you date before settling down? is the math teacher you wish you'd had, and The Joy of X is the book you'll want to give to all your smart and curious friends. "--

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