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

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Basic Books, 8 sept 2015 - 336 páginas
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The Magic of Math is the math book you wish you had in school. Using a delightful assortment of examples, from ice cream scoops and poker hands that teach you factorials to mnemonics that help you memorize pi, this book empowers you to see the beauty, simplicity, and fun behind those formulas and equations that once left your head spinning. You'll learn the key ideas of classic areas of mathematics like arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus; but you'll also have fun playing with pi, fooling around with Fibonacci numbers, investigating infinity, and marveling over mathematical magic tricks. A tour of the greatest hits of mathematics,The Magic of Math is a book for both fans of mathematics and those who want to be proven wrong about their previous prejudices of math.

Arthur Benjamin is a mathematicianknown throughout the world as the mathemagician”who mixes mathematics and magic to make the subject fun and beautiful. Math lovers are going to find new ways to look at old friends, the way a view from a mountaintop puts a beautiful valley in a new perspective. For everyone who never particularly liked or understood mathThe Magic of Math is going to put you under its spell.
 

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The book starts with some really amazing patterns with addition of integers - something I never knew, but then there are so many things in math that I'm new to. The author provides many tricks that I ... Leer reseña completa

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To say my math skills are severely limited (I wasn’t able to take classes beyond first year algebra and plain geometry) would be an understatement. But I have a nephew, Elijah, who recently turned ... Leer reseña completa

Índice

Introduction
1
The Magic of Numbers
5
The Magic of Algebra
25
The Magic of 9
51
The Magic of Counting
71
The Magic of Fibonacci Numbers
97
The Magic of Proofs
121
The Magic of Geometry
149
The Magic of Trigonometry
203
The Magic of i and e
231
The Magic of Calculus
255
The Magic of Infinity
279
Aftermath
307
Acknowledgments
309
Index
311
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The Magic of Pi
181

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Sobre el autor (2015)

Arthur Benjamin holds a PhD from Johns Hopkins University and is a professor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, where he has taught since 1989. He is a noted “mathemagician,” known for being able to perform complicated computations in his head. He is the author, most recently, of The Secrets of Mental Math, and has appeared on The Today Show and The Colbert Report. Benjamin has been profiled in such publications as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Scientific American, Discover, and Wired.

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