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The Joy of Mathematics by Theoni Pappas Average Customer Review: Paperback (01 June, 1989) list price: $10.95  our price: $8.21 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Reviews (7)
These are vignettes, designed to inspire further exploration
Too cursory for much use, very often misleading.
A pathetic little book that could have been good Rather, this book gives every sign of being essentially copied from bits of many dozens of other books.All the illustrations appear to be lowquality xerographic copies from other books (clearly used without any permissions). But worst of all, the book is chock full of misstatements,misconceptions, and sentences that don't convey any meaning. This book gives the nonexpert reader the impression that he or she is learning something, but a great deal of the time this is just the illusion of learning. I will list a few of the errors and illusory learning that I can readily find: It's a worthwhile topic in the philosophy of mathematics, and could well have been introduced in this book, but it has nothing whatsoever to do with fractals per se. Isbn: 0933174659 
$8.21 
More Joy of Mathematics: Exploring Mathematics All Around You by Theoni Pappas Average Customer Review: Paperback (01 April, 1991) list price: $10.95  our price: $8.21 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Reviews (2)
Countless, clear examples of the math world around you The book is a fast read, and fun to flip back and forth through, because each example is summarized in its own 1 or 2 page section, with illustrations.The same goes for "Joy of Mathematics" so you don't necessarily have to read that one first; they just contain different sets of examples.And don't think that all the good ideas were already taken for the first book  "More Joy of Mathematics" is just as exciting to read.Plus it has a single index listing the topics from both this book and the previous one, so if you buy both it's easy to find the article you want by only looking it up once.Perfect gift for a math enthusiast at any level, and it may even covert a few "mathphobes".
A Book of Equivalent Quality to Its Predecessor Isbn: 093317473X 
$8.21 
The Magic of Mathematics: Discovering the Spell of Mathematics by Theoni Pappas Average Customer Review: Paperback (01 April, 1994) list price: $12.95  our price: $9.71 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Reviews (1)
Fun but leaves you wanting more Isbn: 0933174993 
$9.71 
Fractals by John Briggs Average Customer Review: Paperback (01 November, 1992) list price: $22.00  our price: $14.96 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Reviews (11)
Patterns to Inspire  A Captivating Look into Fractals
Don't buy this book
Great Photos, Poor Content Isbn: 0671742175 
$14.96 
Life by the Numbers by KeithDevlin Average Customer Review: Paperback (17 March, 1999) list price: $18.95  our price: $12.89 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Editorial Review Most of us think mathematics is about numbers and counting. That's just the basics, though, and Keith Devlin's companion book to the PBS series "Life by the Numbers" gives examples of the versatility of math as a tool for understanding just about everything.Devlin loves mathhe calls it "one of the greatest creations of mankind" in a chapter entitled "It's an M World"and he wants everyone to love it.He shows, through fascinating photos and examples, that mathematics is all around us, determining everything from the shape of a flower to how our CD players and insurance policies work. For the mathphobic, Life by the Numbers can be a reintroduction to a subject they may have mistakenly thought dry and boring.Forget about long division, we're talking about understanding virtual reality, leopard spots, and viruses.This book would be perfect to introduce a highschool student to some of the great careers available to mathematicians.The experts introduced throughout are hip and cuttingedge, putting math to work in movie special effects, sports and art.Profusely illustrated and engagingly written, Devlin's tour of modern mathematics brings the subject to life. Therese Littleton ... Read more Reviews (2)
Very Entertaining The book is richly illustrated and jargonfree, true to its promise on clarity and easyofreading especially for the nonprofessional readers. It is not so much of a wild speculation however to suggest that even a professional (specialist) mathematician will get a worthy entertainment reading this book, considering the wide spectrum of human interests where mathematics is unexpectedly to lurk that Devlin adventurously explores.
An easily understood description of exciting mathematics Isbn: 0471328227 
$12.89 
Powers of Ten (Scientific American Library Paperback) by Philip Morrison, Phylis Morrison Average Customer Review: Paperback (01 September, 1994) list price: $22.95 US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Editorial Review Back in 1968, designers Charles and Ray Eames made a 10minute documentary film, titled Powers of Ten, showing what the universe looks like at different scales. Philip and Phylis Morrison were scientific advisors on the movie, which Philip narrated, and it was chosen in 1998 for preservation in the National Film Registry, which selects "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant motion pictures" for preservation. The Morrisons' book translates the film onto paper. Starting with a view of a billion lightyears, the book (like the film) moves inward, with each page being at onetenth the scale of the previous one. In 25 steps, you're looking at a picnic by the shores of Lake Michigan, then plunging into a human hand, down through the cells inside it, the DNA inside the cells, the atoms inside the DNA, and the subatomic particles inside the atom. By the time you've gone a total of 40 steps, you're in a world of quantum uncertainty. There is no better guide to the relative sizes of things in the universe, and no better teacher about what exponential, scientific notation really means. Mary Ellen Curtin ... Read more Reviews (18)
Another Scientific American Masterpiece Parenthetically, anything that would stimulate American interest in science  and stem the tide toward a universal scientific illiteracy  should be welcome.I have seen this powers of ten device several times but the one that stands out in my mind is the opening scene of CONTACT that was marred only by the pitiful displays of stupidity heard from the members of the audience. ("Is that Saturn?" "Yeah, it was once a star and that's how it got its rings.""That's what I thought.") Back to the book, we start off matter of factly then proceed outward.The commentary is sparse because little is needed.In this case, the picture IS worth a thousand words  more if you get down to it.Get this nowaffordable volume and give it to a youngster.
Scale and exponential notation.
A picture is worth a 10³ words! Amazing! Although the book does have lots of textual info pages, the core of the book is a series of 42 fullpage pictures which depict the an ordinary picnic photo in different scales. Starting from an ordinary dude resting on the grass, each page turn shows the scene from 10 times farther away. First we see the park he is picnicing on, then the entire city, and before you know it we are in deep space racing towards the outskirts of the Universe. On the other side of the journey, each page turn magnifies the last picture tenfold. First by viewing a closeup view of the picnicing guy's hand, you quickly find yourself probing deeper and deeper through the realms of biology and chemistry right into the core of a single atom. The really cool thing about the whole deal, is that all the images are centered at the same object: a single atom on the picnicing dude's hand. In short, the idea is absolutely brilliant. The images chosen for the presentation is not perfect, but they are still amazing. Ofcourse, the film is much more impressive then the book, but you can't take a film with you to a camping trip... ... Read more Isbn: 0716760088 
A Tour of the Calculus by DAVID BERLINSKI Average Customer Review: Paperback (28 January, 1997) list price: $14.95  our price: $10.17 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Reviews (104)
Evaluate the book for what it is.
Very good
why mathematicians should stick to math Isbn: 0679747885 
$10.17 
e: The Story of a Number by Eli Maor Average Customer Review: Paperback (04 May, 1998) list price: $18.95  our price: $12.89 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Editorial Review Until about 1975, logarithms were every scientist's best friend. They were the basis of the slide rule that was the totemic wand of the trade, listed in huge books consulted in every library. Then handheld calculators arrived, and within a few years slide rules were museum pieces. But e remains, the center of the natural logarithmic function and of calculus. Eli Maor's book is the only more or less popular account of the history of this universal constant. Maor gives human faces to fundamental mathematics, as in his fantasia of a meeting between Johann Bernoulli and J.S. Bach. e: The Story of a Number would be an excellent choice for a high school or college student of trigonometry or calculus. Mary Ellen Curtin ... Read more Reviews (41)
A must for students of Mathematics
Great book Great author  Worth Reading!!
Never a boring moment. Isbn: 0691058547 
$12.89 
The Joy of Mathematica : Instant Mathematica for Calculus, Differential Equations, and Linear Algebra by Alan Shuchat, Fred Shultz Average Customer Review: Plastic Comb (February, 2000) list price: $70.95  our price: $70.95 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Reviews (3)
Second edition is optimized for Mathematica 4.0...
Fantastic!!!!
Making Mathematica a Joy to Use Isbn: 0126407304 
$70.95 
Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences by John Allen Paulos Average Customer Review: Paperback (18 August, 2001) list price: $13.00  our price: $10.40 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Editorial Review This is the book that made "innumeracy" a household word, at least in some households. Paulos admits that "at least part of the motivation for any book is anger, and this book is no exception. I'm distressed by a society which depends so completely on mathematics and science and yet seems to indifferent to the innumeracy and scientific illiteracy of so many of its citizens." But that is not all that drives him. The difference between our pretensions and reality is absurd and humorous, and the numerate can see this better than those who don't speak math. "I think there's something of the divine in these feelings of our absurdity, and they should be cherished, not avoided." Paulos is not entirely successful at balancing anger and absurdity, but he tries. His diatribes against astrology, bad math education, Freud, and willful ignorance are leavened with jokes, mathematical or the sort (he claims) favored by the numerate. It remains to be seen if Innumeracy will indeed be able, as Hofstadter hoped, to "help launch a revolution in math education that would do for innumeracy what Sabin and Salk did for polio"but many of the improvements Paulos suggested have come to pass within 10 years. Only time will tell if the generation raised on these new principles is more resistant to innumeracyand need only worry about being incomputable. Mary Ellen Curtin ... Read more Reviews (59)
innumeracy
If Only Everyone Would Know This Stuff...
A must read for the numerate and innumerate alike Isbn: 0809058405 
$10.40 
A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper by JOHN ALLEN PAULOS Average Customer Review: Paperback (01 March, 1996) list price: $12.95  our price: $10.36 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Editorial Review In this book the author of Innumeracy : Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences reveals the hidden mathematical angles in countless media stories.His real life perspective on the statistics we rely on and how they can mislead is for anyone interested in gaining a more accurate view of their world.The book is written with a humorous and knowledgeable style that makes it great reading. ... Read more Reviews (25)
Unique little book
should be required reading for EVERY adult 16yrs and older
Half Assorted (Numerical) Trivia, Half Useful Content Isbn: 038548254X 
$10.36 
Beta Mathematics Handbook: Concepts, Theorems, Methods, Algorithms, Formulas, Graphs, Tables by Lennart Rade, Bertil Westergren Average Customer Review: Hardcover (31 October, 1997) list price: $49.95 US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Reviews (2)
Comprehensive. The book containsall the formulae, theorems and tables that any student or professionalinvolved with mathematics or engineering could hope for. It assumes thatthe reader has a level of understanding equal to "I've taken thecourse, but forgotten the details". It is comparable to the morewellknown"Mathematical Handbook" by Spiegel, but in my opinionmuch better. The coverage of the areas that Spiegel cover is equal orbetter. "Beta" also covers probability theory, random processes,numerical methods, simulation, and other areas that are used extensively inpractice but not even mentioned by Spiegel. In my opinion, if you areonly going to buy one mathematical reference book, "Beta" is anexcellent choice.
A great 'dictionary' of Mathematics Isbn: 0849377587 
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