Numbers: How Counting Changed the World

Author:   Tom Jackson
Publisher:   Shelter Harbor Press
ISBN:  

9781627950749


Pages:   184
Publication Date:   01 May 2017
Format:   Paperback
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The first book in a new series One of the hardest questions that mathematics teachers have to answer is Why? Schoolroom sums are crucial in learning the awesome power of mathematics, but they are often a world away from how the knowledge is applied and where it came from. Numbers: How Counting Changed the World is there to fill that gap. The story of numbers begins with counting 1,2, 3... but it ends with a mind-boggling mass of numbers so densely packed that we can't be sure where one number ends and another begins. Along the way we meet superhero numbers like , e and googol; we learn that numbers can be perfect, irrational, even imaginary; and that modern mathematics still bears the hallmarks of many ancient civilizations. Numbers: How Counting Changed the World introduces the amazing people who figured out what numbers are and what they can do. Written to engage, entertain, and enthuse young people, it shows readers how the ideas of long-dead geniuses ended up in their homework assignments: The Mayans of ancient Mexico were using zeros long before anyone else, and we count time and angles in multiples of 60 because that is what the people of Babylon did (for good reason). Meanwhile Pythagoras was a murderer, the shape of a credit card is defined by the golden ratio, and John Napier, the inventor of logarithms, seldom appeared in public without his pet rooster!

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Author:   Tom Jackson
Publisher:   Shelter Harbor Press
Imprint:   Shelter Harbor Press
Dimensions:   Width: 19.10cm , Height: 1.80cm , Length: 22.80cm
Weight:   0.658kg
ISBN:  

9781627950749


ISBN 10:   1627950745
Pages:   184
Publication Date:   01 May 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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Tom Jackson is a science writer based in the United Kingdom. Tom specializes in recasting science and technology into lively historical narratives. After almost 20 years of writing, Tom has uncovered a wealth of stories that help create new ways to enjoy learning about science. He studied at the University of Bristol and still lives in the city with his wife and three children.

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