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Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Thi...
by , Ola Rosling

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English

Pages

341

Publication Date

April 03, 2018

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<p>INSTANT <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</p><p><b>鈥淥ne of the most important books I鈥檝e ever read鈥攁n indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.鈥?鈥?Bill Gates</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>鈥淗ans Rosling tells the story of 鈥榯he secret silent miracle of human progress鈥?as only he can. But <i>Factfulness</i> does much more than that. It also explains why progress is so often secret and silent and teaches readers how to see it clearly.鈥?<i>鈥?lt;/i>Melinda Gates</b><br /><b></b><br /><b></b><b>"<i>Factfulness</i> by Hans Rosling, an outstanding international public health expert, is a hopeful book about the potential for human progress when we work off facts rather than our inherent biases." - Former U.S. President Barack Obama</b><b><i></i></b><br /><b><i></i></b><br /><b><i>Factfulnes</i>s: The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. </b></p><p>When asked simple questions about global trends鈥?lt;i>what percentage of the world鈥檚 population live in poverty; why the world鈥檚 population is increasing; how many girls finish school</i>鈥攚e systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers.</p><p>In <i>Factfulness</i>, Professor of International Health and global TED phenomenon Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers <b>a radical new explanation of why this happens</b>. They reveal <b>the ten instincts that distort our perspective</b>鈥攆rom our tendency to divide the world into two camps (usually some version of <i>us</i> and <i>them</i>) to the way we consume media (where fear rules) to how we perceive progress (believing that most things are getting worse). </p><p>Our problem is that we don鈥檛 know what we don鈥檛 know, and even our guesses are informed by unconscious and predictable biases.</p><p><b>It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think.</b> That doesn鈥檛 mean there aren鈥檛 real concerns. But when we worry about everything all the time instead of embracing a worldview based on facts, we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threaten us most. </p><p>Inspiring and revelatory, filled with lively anecdotes and moving stories, <b><i>Factfulness </i>is an urgent and essential book that will change the way you see the world and empower you to respond to the crises and opportunities of the future. </b></p><p>---</p><p>鈥淭his book is my last battle in my life-long mission to fight devastating ignorance鈥reviously I armed myself with huge data sets, eye-opening software, an energetic learning style and a Swedish bayonet for sword-swallowing. It wasn鈥檛 enough. But I hope this book will be.鈥?Hans Rosling, February 2017.</p>
The Math Book (Big Ideas)
by DK

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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<p>Discover more than 85 of the most important mathematical ideas, theorems, and proofs ever devised, and the great minds behind them, with this original and colorful book. Take a journey through the fascinating story of fractions, numbers, patterns, and shapes in order to better understand the complex world we live in. <br />Continuing the "Big Ideas" series' trademark combination of authoritative, clear text and bold graphics to chart the development of math through history, the book explores and explains some of the most complex and fascinating mathematical subjects. Delve into everything from the mathematical ideas and inventions of the ancient world such as the first number systems, magic squares, and the Chinese abacus, through to the developments in mathematics during medieval and Renaissance Europe, to the rise of group theory and cryptography more recently.</p><p>This diverse and inclusive account of mathematics will have something for everybody: for those interested in the maths behind world economies, secret spies, modern technology and plenty more, taking readers around the world from Babylon to Bletchley Park. Tracing maths through the Scientific Revolution to its 21st-century use in computers, the internet, and AI, <i><b>The Math Book</b></i> uses an innovative visual approach to make the subject accessible to everyone, casual readers and students alike.</p>
A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical...
by Michael S. Schneider

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English

Pages

351

Publication Date

April 01, 2014

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<p></p><strong>The Universe May Be a Mystery,<br />But It's No Secret</strong><p></p><p>Michael Schneider leads us on a spectacular, lavishly illustrated journey along the numbers one through ten to explore the mathematical principles made visible in flowers, shells, crystals, plants, and the human body, expressed in the symbolic language of folk sayings and fairy tales, myth and religion, art and architecture. This is a new view of mathematics, not the one we learned at school but a comprehensive guide to the patterns that recur through the universe and underlie human affairs. <em>A Beginner's Guide to Constructing, the Universe</em> shows you: </p><p></p><ul><li>Why cans, pizza, and manhole covers are round.<p></p><p></p></li><li>Why one and two weren't considered numbers by the ancient Greeks.<p></p> <p></p></li><li>Why squares show up so often in goddess art and board games.<p></p> <p></p></li><li>What property makes the spiral the most widespread shape in nature, from embryos and hair curls to hurricanes and galaxies. <p></p><p></p></li><li>How the human body shares the design of a bean plant and the solar system. <p></p><p></p></li><li>How a snowflake is like Stonehenge, and a beehive like a calendar. <p></p><p></p></li><li>How our ten fingers hold the secrets of both a lobster and a cathedral. <p></p><p></p></li><li>And much more. </li></ul><p></p>
Fermat's Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mat...
by Simon Singh

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English

Pages

306

Publication Date

March 01, 2017

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xn + yn = zn, where n represents 3, 4, 5, ...no solution<br /><br />"I have discovered a truly marvelous demonstration of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain."<br /><br />With these words, the seventeenth-century French mathematician Pierre de Fermat threw down the gauntlet to future generations.聽聽What came to be known as Fermat's Last Theorem looked simple; proving it, however, became the Holy Grail of mathematics, baffling its finest minds for more than 350 years.聽聽In聽<i>Fermat's Enigma</i>--based on the author's award-winning documentary film, which aired on PBS's "Nova"--Simon Singh tells the astonishingly entertaining story of the pursuit of that grail, and the lives that were devoted to, sacrificed for, and saved by it.聽聽Here is a mesmerizing tale of heartbreak and mastery that will forever change your feelings about mathematics.
One, Two, Three: Absolutely Elementary Mathematics
by David Berlinski

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English

Pages

225

Publication Date

May 10, 2011

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<p>From the acclaimed author of <i>A Tour of the Calculus </i>and<i> The Advent of the Algorithm,</i> here is a riveting look at mathematics that reveals a hidden world in some of its most fundamental concepts.<br />聽<br />In his latest foray into mathematics, David Berlinski takes on the simplest questions that can be asked: What is a number? How do addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division actually work? What are geometry and logic? As he delves into these subjects, he discovers and lucidly describes the beauty and complexity behind their seemingly simple exteriors, making clear how and why these mercurial, often slippery concepts are essential to who we are.<br />聽<br />Filled with illuminating historical anecdotes and asides on some of the most fascinating mathematicians through the ages, <i>One, Two, Three</i> is a captivating exploration of the foundation of mathematics: how it originated, who thought of it, and why it matters.</p>
Storytelling with Data: A Data Visualization Guide for Business P...
by Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic

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English

Pages

252

Publication Date

October 07, 2015

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<b>Don't simply show your data鈥攖ell a story with it!</b> <p><i>Storytelling with Data</i> teaches you the fundamentals of data visualization and how to communicate effectively with data. You'll discover the power of storytelling and the way to make data a pivotal point in your story. The lessons in this illuminative text are grounded in theory, but made accessible through numerous real-world examples鈥攔eady for immediate application to your next graph or presentation.</p> <p>Storytelling is not an inherent skill, especially when it comes to data visualization, and the tools at our disposal don't make it any easier. This book demonstrates how to go beyond conventional tools to reach the root of your data, and how to use your data to create an engaging, informative, compelling story. Specifically, you'll learn how to:</p> <ul> <li>Understand the importance of context and audience</li> <li>Determine the appropriate type of graph for your situation</li> <li>Recognize and eliminate the clutter clouding your information</li> <li>Direct your audience's attention to the most important parts of your data</li> <li>Think like a designer and utilize concepts of design in data visualization</li> <li>Leverage the power of storytelling to help your message resonate with your audience</li> </ul> <p>Together, the lessons in this book will help you turn your data into high impact visual stories that stick with your audience. Rid your world of ineffective graphs, one exploding 3D pie chart at a time. There is a story in your data鈥?lt;i>Storytelling with Data</i> will give you the skills and power to tell it!</p>
How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking
by Jordan Ellenberg

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English

Pages

466

Publication Date

May 29, 2014

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<b>The <i>Freakonomics</i> of math鈥攁 math-world superstar unveils the hidden beauty and logic of the world and puts its power in our hands</b><br /><br /> The math we learn in school can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. In <i>How Not to Be Wrong</i>, Jordan Ellenberg shows us how terribly limiting this view is: Math isn鈥檛 confined to abstract incidents that never occur in real life, but rather touches everything we do鈥攖he whole world is shot through with it.<br /><br /> Math allows us to see the hidden structures underneath the messy and chaotic surface of our world. It鈥檚 a science of not being wrong, hammered out by centuries of hard work and argument. Armed with the tools of mathematics, we can see through to the true meaning of information we take for granted: How early should you get to the airport? What does 鈥減ublic opinion鈥?really represent? Why do tall parents have shorter children? Who really won Florida in 2000? And how likely are you, really, to develop cancer?<br /><br /> <i>How Not to Be Wrong</i> presents the surprising revelations behind all of these questions and many more, using the mathematician鈥檚 method of analyzing life and exposing the hard-won insights of the academic community to the layman鈥攎inus the jargon. Ellenberg chases mathematical threads through a vast range of time and space, from the everyday to the cosmic, encountering, among other things, baseball, Reaganomics, daring lottery schemes, Voltaire, the replicability crisis in psychology, Italian Renaissance painting, artificial languages, the development of non-Euclidean geometry, the coming obesity apocalypse, Antonin Scalia鈥檚 views on crime and punishment, the psychology of slime molds, what Facebook can and can鈥檛 figure out about you, and the existence of God.<br /><br /> Ellenberg pulls from history as well as from the latest theoretical developments to provide those not trained in math with the knowledge they need. Math, as Ellenberg says, is 鈥渁n atomic-powered prosthesis that you attach to your common sense, vastly multiplying its reach and strength.鈥?With the tools of mathematics in hand, you can understand the world in a deeper, more meaningful way. How Not to Be Wrong will show you how.
A Mind For Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You...
by Barbara Oakley

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English

Pages

332

Publication Date

July 31, 2014

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<b>The companion book to COURSERA廬's wildly popular massive open online course "Learning How to Learn"</b><br /><br />Whether you are a student struggling to fulfill a math or science requirement, or you are embarking on a career change that requires a new skill set, <i>A Mind for Numbers</i> offers the tools you need to get a better grasp of that intimidating material. Engineering professor Barbara Oakley knows firsthand how it feels to struggle with math. She flunked her way through high school math and science courses, before enlisting in the army immediately after graduation. When she saw how her lack of mathematical and technical savvy severely limited her options鈥攂oth to rise in the military and to explore other careers鈥攕he returned to school with a newfound determination to re-tool her brain to master the very subjects that had given her so much trouble throughout her entire life.<br /> 聽<br /> In <i>A Mind for Numbers</i>, Dr. Oakley lets us in on the secrets to learning effectively鈥攕ecrets that even dedicated and successful students wish they鈥檇 known earlier. Contrary to popular belief, math requires creative, as well as analytical, thinking. Most people think that there鈥檚 only one way to do a problem, when in actuality, there are often a number of different solutions鈥攜ou just need the creativity to see them. For example, there are more than three hundred different known proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem. In short, studying a problem in a laser-focused way until you reach a solution is not an effective way to learn. Rather, it involves taking the time to step away from a problem and allow the more relaxed and creative part of the brain to take over. The learning strategies in this book apply not only to math and science, but to any subject in which we struggle. We all have what it takes to excel in areas that don't seem to come naturally to us at first, and learning them does not have to be as painful as we might think!
Math with Bad Drawings: Illuminating the Ideas That Shape Our Rea...
by Ben Orlin

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English

Pages

374

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<b>A hilarious reeducation in mathematics-full of joy, jokes, and stick figures-that sheds light on the countless practical and wonderful ways that math structures and shapes our world. </b> <br /> In<em> Math With Bad Drawings,</em> Ben Orlin reveals to us what math actually is; its myriad uses, its strange symbols, and the wild leaps of logic and faith that define the usually impenetrable work of the mathematician. <br /> Truth and knowledge come in multiple forms: colorful drawings, encouraging jokes, and the stories and insights of an empathetic teacher who believes that math should belong to everyone. Orlin shows us how to think like a mathematician by teaching us a brand-new game of tic-tac-toe, how to understand an economic crises by rolling a pair of dice, and the mathematical headache that ensues when attempting to build a spherical Death Star. <br /> Every discussion in the book is illustrated with Orlin's trademark "bad drawings," which convey his message and insights with perfect pitch and clarity. With 24 chapters covering topics from the electoral college to human genetics to the reasons not to trust statistics, <i>Math with Bad Drawings</i> is a life-changing book for the math-estranged and math-enamored alike.
Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe
by Steven Strogatz

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English

Pages

389

Publication Date

April 02, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><br /><b>鈥淢arvelous . . . an array of witty and astonishing stories . . . to illuminate how calculus has helped bring into being our contemporary world.鈥濃€?lt;i>The Washington Post</i></b><br /><br /><b>From preeminent math personality and author of <i>The Joy of x,</i> a brilliant and endlessly appealing explanation of calculus 鈥?how it works and why it makes our lives immeasurably better.聽</b><br /> 聽<br /> Without calculus, we wouldn鈥檛 have cell phones, TV, GPS, or ultrasound.聽We wouldn鈥檛 have unraveled DNA or discovered Neptune or figured out how to put 5,000 songs in your pocket.聽<br /> 聽<br /> Though many of us were scared away from this essential, engrossing subject in high school and college, Steven Strogatz鈥檚 brilliantly creative, down鈥憈o鈥慹arth history shows that calculus is not about complexity; it鈥檚 about simplicity.聽It harnesses an unreal number鈥攊nfinity鈥攖o tackle real鈥憌orld problems, breaking them down into easier ones and then reassembling the answers into solutions that feel miraculous.聽<br /> 聽<br /><i>Infinite Powers</i> recounts how calculus tantalized and thrilled its inventors, starting with its first glimmers in ancient Greece and bringing us right up to the discovery of gravitational waves (a phenomenon predicted by calculus). Strogatz reveals how this form of math rose to the challenges of each age: how to determine the area of a circle with only sand and a stick; how to explain why Mars goes 鈥渂ackwards鈥?sometimes; how to make electricity with magnets; how to ensure your rocket doesn鈥檛 miss the moon; how to turn the tide in the fight against AIDS.聽<br /> 聽<br /> As Strogatz proves, calculus is truly the language of the universe. By unveiling the principles of that language, <i>Infinite Powers</i> makes us marvel at the world anew.聽

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