By W. W. Sawyer

"Recommended with self belief" by way of The instances Literary Supplement, this full of life survey starts off with simple math and algebra and proceeds by way of slow steps via graphs, logarithms, and trigonometry to calculus and the area of numbers. Generations of readers have discovered it the correct creation to arithmetic, offering accessible motives of ways thought arises from real-life applications.
"The major item of this e-book is to dispel the phobia of mathematics," announces writer W. W. Sawyer, including that "Many humans regard mathematicians as a race aside, possessed of virtually supernatural powers. whereas this is often very flattering for winning mathematicians, it's very undesirable in case you, for one cause or one other, try to profit the subject." Now retired, Sawyer received overseas renown for his cutting edge educating equipment, which he used at faculties in England and Scotland in addition to Africa, New Zealand, and North the US. His insights into the pleasures and practicalities of arithmetic will attract readers of all backgrounds.

Show description

Preview of Mathematician's Delight (Dover Books on Mathematics) PDF

Best Mathematics books

Symmetry: A Journey into the Patterns of Nature

Symmetry is throughout us. Our eyes and minds are interested in symmetrical gadgets, from the pyramid to the pentagon. Of basic value to the way in which we interpret the area, this special, pervasive phenomenon shows a dynamic courting among items. In chemistry and physics, the concept that of symmetry explains the constitution of crystals or the speculation of basic debris; in evolutionary biology, the wildlife exploits symmetry within the struggle for survival; and symmetry—and the breaking of it—is critical to rules in paintings, structure, and track.

Combining a wealthy old narrative along with his personal own trip as a mathematician, Marcus du Sautoy takes a special check out the mathematical brain as he explores deep conjectures approximately symmetry and brings us face-to-face with the oddball mathematicians, either earlier and current, who've battled to appreciate symmetry's elusive characteristics. He explores what's maybe the main fascinating discovery to date—the summit of mathematicians' mastery within the field—the Monster, an important snowflake that exists in 196,883-dimensional area with extra symmetries than there are atoms within the sunlight.

what's it prefer to remedy an old mathematical challenge in a flash of thought? what's it wish to be proven, ten mins later, that you've made a mistake? what's it wish to see the area in mathematical phrases, and what can that let us know approximately lifestyles itself? In Symmetry, Marcus du Sautoy investigates those questions and exhibits mathematical newcomers what it seems like to grapple with essentially the most complicated rules the human brain can understand.

Do the Math: Secrets, Lies, and Algebra

Tess loves math simply because it is the one topic she will be able to trust—there's regularly only one correct solution, and it by no means alterations. yet then she begins algebra and is brought to these pesky and mysterious variables, which appear to be in all places in 8th grade. while even your pals and oldsters should be variables, how on the earth do you discover out the proper solutions to the relatively vital questions, like what to do a couple of boy you love or whom to inform while a persons' performed whatever quite undesirable?

Advanced Engineering Mathematics (2nd Edition)

This transparent, pedagogically wealthy ebook develops a robust knowing of the mathematical ideas and practices that latest engineers want to know. both as potent as both a textbook or reference guide, it methods mathematical thoughts from an engineering viewpoint, making actual functions extra bright and large.

Category Theory for the Sciences (MIT Press)

Type idea was once invented within the Nineteen Forties to unify and synthesize various components in arithmetic, and it has confirmed remarkably winning in permitting strong conversation among disparate fields and subfields inside of arithmetic. This ebook exhibits that class thought might be valuable outdoor of arithmetic as a rigorous, versatile, and coherent modeling language in the course of the sciences.

Additional resources for Mathematician's Delight (Dover Books on Mathematics)

Show sample text content

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.47 of 5 – based on 17 votes