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The Maths Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained

DK Matt Parker



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Dorling Kindersley
05 September 2019
Mathematics & Sciences; Mathematics
Take a journey through the fascinating story of fractions, numbers, patterns, and shapes in order to better understand the complex world we live in.

Continuing the Big Ideas series' trademark combination of authoritative, clear text and bold graphics to chart the development of maths through history, the book explores and explains some of the most complex and fascinating mathematical subjects. Delve into everything from the mathematical ideas and inventions of the ancient world such as the first number systems, magic squares, and the Chinese abacus, through to the developments in mathematics during medieval and Renaissance Europe, to the rise of group theory and cryptography more recently.

This diverse and inclusive account of mathematics will have something for everybody- for those interested in the maths behind world economies, secret spies, modern technology and plenty more, taking readers around the world from Babylon to Bletchley Park. Tracing maths through the Scientific Revolution to its 21st-century use in computers, the internet, and AI, The Maths Book uses an innovative visual approach to make the subject accessible to everyone, casual readers and students alike.
By:   DK
Foreword by:   Matt Parker
Imprint:   Dorling Kindersley
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 204mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   1.217kg
ISBN:   9780241350362
ISBN 10:   0241350360
Series:   Big Ideas Simply Explained
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   05 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Originally a maths teacher from Australia, Matt Parker is a now a stand-up comedian, mathematics communicator, and prominent maths YouTuber on the Numberphile and Stand-up Maths channels, where his videos have had over 100 million views. Matt performs live comedy with Festival of the Spoken Nerd and once calculated pi live in front of a sold-out Royal Albert Hall. He also presents television and radio programmes for the BBC and the Discovery channel, and his 2019 book Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors topped the Sunday Times best-seller chart.

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