The Secret Life of Numbers

The Secret Life of Numbers Most Of Us Picture Mathematicians Laboring Before A Chalkboard, Scribbling Numbers And Obscure Symbols As They Mutter Unintelligibly This Lighthearted But Realistic Sneak Peak Into The Everyday World Of Mathematicians Turns That Stereotype On Its Head.Most People Have Little Idea What Mathematicians Do Or How They Think Ita TM S Often Difficult To See How Their Seemingly Arcane And Esoteric Work Applies To Our Own Everyday Lives But Mathematics Also Holds A Special Allure For Many People We Are Drawn To Its Inherent Beauty And Fascinated By Its Complexitya But Often Intimidated By Its Presumed Difficulty The Secret Life Of Numbers Opens Our Eyes To The Joys Of Mathematics, Introducing Us To The Charming, Often Whimsical Side, Of The Discipline Divided Into Several Parts, The Book Looks At Interesting And Largely Unknown Historical Tidbits, Introduces The Largerthan Life Practitioners Of Mathematics Through The Ages, Profiles Some Of The Most Significant Unsolved Conjectures, And Describes Problems And Puzzles That Have Already Been Solved Rounding Out The Table Of Contents Is A Host Of Mathematical Miscellanya All Of Which Add Up To 50 Fun, Sometimes Cheeky, Shorttakes On The Field Chock Full Of Stories, Anecdotes, And Entertaining Vignettes, The Secret Life Of Numbers Shows Us How Mathematics Really Does Affect Almost Every Aspect Of Lifea From The Law To Geography, Elections To Botanya And We Come To Appreciate The Delight And Gratification That Mathematics Holds For All Of Us. Qu l stima Una idea buena, recopilar 50 art culos de divulgaci n de matem ticas publicados en un peri dico suizo por un f sico, matem tico y periodista o al menos eso pone en su CV , se convierte en una decepci n may scula cuando uno finalmente tiene el libro entre manos Para empezar, una cuesti n filos fica Los libros de divulgaci n son una puerta para que los lectores interesados ahonden en el tema No puede ser que en m s de la mitad de los art culos se diga implemente que unos matem ticos han descubierto que Qu matem ticos D nde lo han publicado C mo puedo aprender m s sobre el tema Hombre, un poco de ayuda Hay un caso sangrante en la p 178 en la que se dice literalmente En 1992 tres f sicos descubrieron horrorizados que las simulaciones produc an predicciones incorrectas y que, por tanto, los resultados de su trabajo eran err neos , hablando del redondeo en los chips pentium y de los n meros aleatorios y pseudoaleatorios Y no da m s datos Luego est el asunto de la edici n del libro Letra min scula, m rgenes enanos, parece que han querido ahorrar en papel m s all de la comodidad del lector Tambi n hay problemas de edici n cuando el autor usa una notaci n complicada en exceso, como por ejemplo una fracci n S , es horrible c mo algunos autores de textos matem ticos usan complic
If I could give this 3.5 stars, I would The book is really hit or miss If I were basing it only on the introduction, people section, and concluding sections, it would have a 5 If I were basing it only on the other sections, it would have a two If you decide to read this book, and you get to a bunch of stories that bore the crap out of you DON T GIVE UP Just skip to the next section of the book It s worth your time This book is a collection of short 2 4 page articles that were originally published in a German speaking newspaper You know, those short little special articles where you learn something rather than reading about the news It is broken up into small sections of somewhat related articles based loosely on topic though not mathematical topics, rather topics like articles about people or articles about particularly difficult problems , etc.The first section, which only contains 2 3 stories, is particularly great So great, in fact, that after I read these stories, I then returned to them and read them to my husband At that point, I assumed the entire book was equally as interesting and amusing and thought we would read it aloud together.After the last story in that section, he said, Yes, I like this math book, it s fun And then we got to the next section This one is about particularly difficult problems and bored the crap out of us The problems themselves are somewhat obtuse The articles become a bit repetitive, which is under
Tiny happy columns on false proofs, primacy wars, Newton as a gigantic loon, and the Swiss maths scene He assumes no background explaining primes even but is concise and so not hand holding Lots of repetition because originally standalone columns, lots of bucolia because he likes mathematicians so much Harsh words for Wolfram, tho
I enjoyed the leap year, world ending, Bernoulli family, an insults stink pieces Some of the others were a bit dry, but the author did a great job simplifying Topology If one surveyed a group of adults and asked them how prevalent a role mathematics plays in their everyday life, most would likely shrug and claim, Not much Many people see math as a required subject in school and that most of it won t be important or helpful outside of a classroom To many people math is perceived to be abstract lists of equations and formulas and they can t see how any of it could be related to their lives George G Szpiro s The Secret Life of Numbers 50 Easy Pieces on How Mathematicians Work and Think is a delightful collection of 50 fun and engaging short stories 2 5 pages each that offers a peek into the world of mathematics, providing a entertaining and witty assortment of anecdotes, vignettes, and stories that enlighten to just how interesting and relevant the world of math has been in the past and can be for the present and future.The book is broken down into six parts Historical Tidbits, Unsolved Conjectures, Solved Problems, Personalities, Concrete and Abstract Matters, and Interdisciplinary Potpourri.The stories in Historical Tidbits are appealing and relatable to everyone, discussing things such as the mathematics behind why leap years exist, as well as the dysfunctional competitive family dynamics of the Bernoulli family including the tale of a resentful father framing his son for plagiarism This
Pronto la rese a, s lo puedo decir que es fabuloso. Este libro es la antolog a de un columnista suizo que se dedicaba, entre muchas otras cosas, a la divulgaci n cient fica Todo lo que aparece aqu fue escrito originalmente para un peri dico en aquel pa s.Es necesario tener esto en mente para saber qu tipo de art culos se encontrar n aqu ensayos cortos, sin ecuaciones ni definiciones matem ticas formales, orientadas principalmente para el hombre a pie que busca la columna como una curiosidad, para satisfacer su curiosidad y aumentar su cultura general No es un libro para especialistas, ni mucho menos un libro de texto Son ensayos cortos que no apuntan a tener el rigor de un Journal cient fico moderno, s lo a cumplir con los requisitos editoriales de un diario.Dicho ello, Szpiro ha hecho un gran trabajo en esta antolog a A diferencia de otros dovulgadores, l posee el conocimiento y la pr ctica profesional de un cient fico respetable a la vez que cumple con la facilidad de palabra de todo buen reportero El resultado son 51 peque os relatos sobre matem ticas que el no especialista conoce s lo superficialmente en el mejor de los casos.Los art culos son cortos y concisos los ejemplos son claros y las an cdotas hist ricas son interesantes Aunque el libro est estructurado por t picos, se puede abrir el libro en un art culo al azar y ser igualmente agradable.Mi nica cr tica es que el estilo fluido del autor hace de ste
This is a collection of Sunday features for a popular Swiss daily, and Szpiro has a real gift for distilling complicated branches of mathematics into two or three sentences Unlike many popularizers, he actually understands the math, and h
Es una colecci n de art culos de tema matem tico publicados en un peri dico suizo Son muy interesantes, pero el libro se resiente del formato original art culos limitados en espacio y de su enfoque especialmente suizo, aunque ni una cosa ni otra son tan perjudiciales Despierta la curiosida
Fun little book As the title suggests, it is 50 short essays about some aspect of mathematics I have a degree in mathematics, so perhaps I found it interesting than many wouldbut I thought it very accessible.

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  • Hardcover
  • 210 pages
  • The Secret Life of Numbers
  • George G. Szpiro
  • English
  • 17 June 2017
  • 9780309096584