Get hooked on math as alex delves deep into humankind’s turbulent relationship with numbers, and reveals how they have shaped the world we live in. He attends the world mathematical Congress in India, and visits the engineer who designed the first roller-coaster loop.

# Here's Looking at Euclid: A Surprising Excursion Through the Astonishing World of Math

Free Press #ad - But, alex bellos says, "math can be inspiring and brilliantly creative. Whether writing about how algebra solved swedish traffic problems, visiting the Mental Calculation World Cup to disclose the secrets of lightning calculation, or exploring the links between pineapples and beautiful teeth, Bellos is a wonderfully engaging guide who never fails to delight even as he edifies.Too often math gets a bad rap, characterized as dry and difficult. Taking us into the wilds of the amazon, he tells the story of a tribe there who can count only to five and reports on the latest findings about the math instinct—including the revelation that ants can actually count how many steps they’ve taken.

In probing the many intrigues of that most beloved of numbers, pi, he visits with two brothers so obsessed with the elusive number that they built a supercomputer in their Manhattan apartment to study it. Throughout, the journey is enhanced with a wealth of intriguing illustrations, such as of the clever puzzles known as tangrams and the crochet creation of an American math professor who suddenly realized one day that she could knit a representation of higher dimensional space that no one had been able to visualize.

Here's Looking at Euclid: A Surprising Excursion Through the Astonishing World of Math #ad - The world of mathematics is a remarkable place. Bellos has traveled all around the globe and has plunged into history to uncover fascinating stories of mathematical achievement, from the breakthroughs of Euclid, the greatest mathematician of all time, to the creations of the Zen master of origami, one of the hottest areas of mathematical work today.

Here’s looking at euclid is a rare gem that brings the beauty of math to life.

# Can You Solve My Problems?: Ingenious, Perplexing, and Totally Satisfying Math and Logic Puzzles

The Experiment #ad - Puzzle lovers, rejoice! bestselling math writer Alex Bellos has a challenge for you: 125 of the world’s best brainteasers from the last two millennia. Grab your pencil and get puzzling! Armed with logic alone, you’ll detect counterfeit coins, navigate river crossings, and untangle family trees. It can be done! the ultimate casebook for daring puzzlers, Can You Solve My Problems? also tells the story of the puzzle—from ancient China to Victorian England to modern-day Japan.Then—with just a dash of high school math—you’ll tie a rope around the Earth, match wits with a cryptic wizard, and use four 4s to create every number from 1 to 50 .

# Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension: A Mathematician's Journey Through Narcissistic Numbers, Optimal Dating Algorithms, at Least Two Kinds of Infinity, and More

Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - In the absorbing and exhilarating things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension, Parker sets out to convince his readers to revisit the very math that put them off the subject as fourteen-year-olds. Things to make and do in the fourth Dimension invites us to re-learn much of what we missed in school and, this time, to be utterly enthralled by it.Starting with the foundations of math familiar from school numbers, and algebra, he reveals how it is possible to climb all the way up to the topology and to four-dimensional shapes, geometry, and from there to infinity—and slightly beyond. This counterintuitiveness is actually part of the point, argues Parker: the extraordinary thing about math is that it allows us to access logic and ideas beyond what our brains can instinctively do—through its logical tools we are able to reach beyond our innate abilities and grasp more and more abstract concepts.

Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension: A Mathematician's Journey Through Narcissistic Numbers, Optimal Dating Algorithms, at Least Two Kinds of Infinity, and More #ad - A book from the stand-up mathematician that makes math fun again!Math is boring, says the mathematician and comedian Matt Parker. Part of the problem may be the way the subject is taught, to a greater or lesser extent, but it's also true that we all, find math difficult and counterintuitive. Both playful and sophisticated, things to make and do in the Fourth Dimension is filled with captivating games and puzzles, a buffet of optional hands-on activities that entices us to take pleasure in math that is normally only available to those studying at a university level.

# The Original Area Mazes: 100 Addictive Puzzles to Solve with Simple Math-and Clever Logic!

The Experiment #ad - Are you a sudoku fanatic? Do you play brain games to stay sharp? Did you love geometry. Or would you like to finally show it who’s boss? Feed your brain some area mazes—they could be just what you’re craving! . The math is easy. The rules are simple. You can always get the answer without using fractions! Originally invented for gifted students, area mazes menseki meiro, have taken all of Japan by storm.. The puzzles get harder and harder! once you match wits with area mazes, you’ll be hooked! Your quest is to navigate a network of rectangles to find a missing value. Just remember:area = length × widthUse spatial reasoning to find helpful relationshipsWhole numbers are all you need.

# Math with Bad Drawings: Illuminating the Ideas That Shape Our Reality

Black Dog & Leventhal #ad - Truth and knowledge come in multiple forms: colorful drawings, encouraging jokes, and the stories and insights of an empathetic teacher who believes that math should belong to everyone. Orlin shows us how to think like a mathematician by teaching us a brand-new game of tic-tac-toe, how to understand an economic crises by rolling a pair of dice, and the mathematical headache that ensues when attempting to build a spherical Death Star.With 24 chapters covering topics from the electoral college to human genetics to the reasons not to trust statistics, Math with Bad Drawings is a life-changing book for the math-estranged and math-enamored alike. A hilarious reeducation in mathematics-full of joy, jokes, and stick figures-that sheds light on the countless practical and wonderful ways that math structures and shapes our world.

Math with Bad Drawings: Illuminating the Ideas That Shape Our Reality #ad - In math with bad drawings, ben orlin reveals to us what math actually is; its myriad uses, its strange symbols, and the wild leaps of logic and faith that define the usually impenetrable work of the mathematician. Every discussion in the book is illustrated with Orlin's trademark "bad drawings, " which convey his message and insights with perfect pitch and clarity.

# The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity

Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - Delightful. Whether he is illuminating how often you should flip your mattress to get the maximum lifespan from it, explaining just how Google searches the internet, or determining how many people you should date before settling down, Strogatz shows how math connects to every aspect of life. Discussing pop culture, art, medicine, law, and business, philosophy, Strogatz is the math teacher you wish you’d had.The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity #ad - Whether you aced integral calculus or aren’t sure what an integer is, you’ll find profound wisdom and persistent delight in The Joy of x. You'll never forget the pythagorean theorem again!”—Scientific American Many people take math in high school and promptly forget much of it. In the joy of x, with wit, steven strogatz expands on his hit New York Times series to explain the big ideas of math gently and clearly, insight, and brilliant illustrations.

But math plays a part in all of our lives all of the time, whether we know it or not. Easily digestible chapters include plenty of helpful examples and illustrations.

# The Magic of Math: Solving for x and Figuring Out Why

Basic Books #ad - The world's greatest mental mathematical magician takes us on a spellbinding journey through the wonders of numbers and more"Arthur Benjamin. Using a delightful assortment of examples-from ice-cream scoops and poker hands to measuring mountains and making magic squares-this book revels in key mathematical fields including arithmetic, algebra, plus Fibonacci numbers, and calculus, infinity, and, of course, geometry, mathematical magic tricks.The Magic of Math: Solving for x and Figuring Out Why #ad - Joyfully shows you how to make nature's numbers dance. Bill nye the science guyThe Magic of Math is the math book you wish you had in school. Known throughout the world as the "mathemagician, attractive, " Arthur Benjamin mixes mathematics and magic to make the subject fun, and easy to understand for math fan and math-phobic alike.

A positively joyful exploration of mathematics. Publishers weekly, starred review"Each trick is more dazzling than the last. Physics World.

# The Grapes of Math

Scholastic Paperbacks #ad - So open your mind-and have fun!"This. Clever math book uses rhyming couplets. Let scholastic bookshelf be your guide through the whole range of your child's experiences-laugh with them, learn with them, read with them! Eight classic, best-selling titles are available now!Category: Math Skills"How many grapes are on the vine? Counting each takes too much time.The Grapes of Math #ad - Riddles. Visual clues to help the reader find new ways to group numbers for quick counting. A winning addition!" --Kirkus. Never fear, i have a hunchthere is a match for every bunch!"greg Tang, a lifelong lover of math, shares the techniques that have helped him solve problems in the most creative ways! Harry Briggs's vibrant & inviting illustrations create a perfect environment for these innovative games.