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Pluses and Minuses

How Maths Solves Our Problems

Stefan Buijsman



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21 July 2020
Mathematics & Sciences; Mathematics
You look up from your phone for a moment to order an espresso. It's made with one of those large stainless-steel coffee makers that heats the water until it's precisely the right temperature. It keeps track of how fast the water warms up and uses that to calculate whether it needs to apply more or less heat, until the perfect temperature is attained. You're not aware of any of it, but right in front of your nose those formulae that your maths teacher talked about are being used to make your cup of coffee.

Thousands of years ago, the inhabitants of Mesopotamia became the first humans to use numbers. Since then, mathematics has become an unstoppable force. It's behind almost everything, from search engines to cruise control, from coffee-makers to timetables. But now that we hardly ever need to do arithmetic, how relevant is mathematics to everyday life?

Drawing on examples within the interconnected fields of philosophy, psychology and history, Dr Stefan Buijsman explores the role mathematics plays in the modern world.
By:   Stefan Buijsman
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 233mm,  Width: 155mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   284g
ISBN:   9781922268570
ISBN 10:   1922268577
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   21 July 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Stefan Buijsman gained a master's degree in philosophy in Leiden at the age of eighteen. He then moved to Sweden, where he gained his doctorate within eighteen months, making him one of the youngest ever PhDs. He is currently studying the philosophy of mathematics as a post-doctoral researcher.

Reviews for Pluses and Minuses: How Maths Solves Our Problems

'From Netflix's Numbers to the Maths of Manhattan, Buijsman's book gets one big plus from me!' * Adam Spencer *

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