By Mark C. Chu-Carroll
Why do Roman numerals persist? How can we recognize that a few infinities are higher than others? and the way will we be aware of for yes a application will ever end? during this fast paced journey of recent and not-so-modern math, laptop scientist Mark Chu-Carroll explores the various maximum breakthroughs and disappointments of greater than thousand years of mathematical concept. there's pleasure and wonder in arithmetic, and in additional than dozen essays drawn from his well known “Good Math” weblog, you’ll locate suggestions, proofs, and examples which are usually superb, counterintuitive, or simply undeniable weird.
Mark starts his trip with the fundamentals of numbers, with an unique journey during the integers and the average, rational, irrational, and transcendental numbers. The voyage keeps with a glance at a few of the oddest numbers in arithmetic, together with 0, the golden ratio, imaginary numbers, Roman numerals, and Egyptian and carrying on with fractions. After a deep dive into smooth good judgment, together with an creation to linear common sense and the logic-savvy Prolog language, the journey concludes with a travel of contemporary set idea and the advances and paradoxes of contemporary mechanical computing.
If your highschool or university math classes left you greedy for the internal that means at the back of the numbers, Mark’s e-book will either entertain and enlighten you.
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Good Math: A Geek's Guide to the Beauty of Numbers, Logic, and Computation (Pragmatic Programmers) by Mark C. Chu-Carroll