How Not to Be Wrong: The Hidden Maths of Everyday Life (Paperback)
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How Not to Be Wrong: The Hidden Maths of Everyday Life (Paperback)

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The maths we learn in school can seem like an abstract set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. In fact, Jordan Ellenberg shows us, maths touches on everything we do, and a little mathematical knowledge reveals the hidden structures that lie beneath the world's messy and chaotic surface. In How Not to be Wrong, Ellenberg explores the mathematician's method of analyzing life, from the everyday to the cosmic, showing us which numbers to defend, which ones to ignore, and when to change the equation entirely. Along the way, he explains calculus in a single page, describes Godel's theorem using only one-syllable words, and reveals how early you actually need to get to the airport.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780718196042
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 330 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm

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Very readable even if you are not a mathematician. How to understand statistics and think outside the box. Short chapters adapted to read whenever you have five minutes without loosing the thread!

Paperback edition
21st June 2015
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“How Not to be Wrong - A Math-Phobic Reviewer's Delight”

A book about Maths?! Really?!

O. K. I thought, I can do this (but having struggled with maths all my life it was a great leap into the unknown) and it is about time I overcame my fear.

Jordan Ellenberg’s... More

Paperback edition
2nd June 2015
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“When am I going to use this?”

This book tells you exactly where you are going to use maths in your everyday life. Ellenberg explains where probability, algebra and geometry contributes to our everyday lives and why it is important to use them. He... More

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31st August 2015
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