The Universal Book of Mathematics: From Abracadabra to Zeno's Paradoxes

3.95 avg rating
( 21 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780471270478: The Universal Book of Mathematics: From Abracadabra to Zeno's Paradoxes
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Praise for David Darling

The Universal Book of Astronomy

""A first-rate resource for readers and students of popular astronomy and general science. . . . Highly recommended.""
-Library Journal

""A comprehensive survey and . . . a rare treat.""
-Focus

The Complete Book of Spaceflight

""Darling's content and presentation will have any reader moving from entry to entry.""
-The Observatory magazine

Life Everywhere

""This remarkable book exemplifies the best of today's popular science writing: it is lucid, informative, and thoroughly enjoyable.""
-Science Books & Films

""An enthralling introduction to the new science of astrobiology.""
-Lynn Margulis

Equations of Eternity

""One of the clearest and most eloquent expositions of the quantum conundrum and its philosophical and metaphysical implications that I have read recently.""
-The New York Times

Deep Time

""A wonderful book. The perfect overview of the universe.""
-Larry Niven

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Inside Flap:

What makes a number weird, and why, as far as anyone can tell, aren’t weird numbers odd? What do monsters, moonshine, and 24-dimensional oranges have in common? Why couldn’t Sam Loyd get a patent for his famous fifteen puzzle? What is the significance of the statement "the smallest number not nameable in under ten words"? Can one infinity be larger than another?

If you are fascinated by the weird, the odd, the curious, and the just plain puzzling, it’s no wonder that you’re drawn to mathematics. And, if you can’t resist the urge to indulge these fascinations–and discover plenty of new ones while you’re at it–welcome to The Universal Book of Mathematics.

This unique, one-stop, A-to-Z resource is packed with more than 1,800 entries that cover everything from nuts-and-bolts math to the most arcane unsolved theorems, from profiles of notable mathematicians to intriguing puzzles, challenging games, and even math humor.

The noted astronomer and celebrated author David Darling has always been inspired by the impact of mathematics on the imagination. He has, therefore, taken this opportunity to expound on every significant number, shape, ratio, dimension, theorem, conjecture, set, and paradox in the mathematical universe. And he provides more in-depth information than the entire current crop of math dictionaries combined!

You’ll find stimulating discussions on the search for a fourth dimension and its impact on such authors as H. G. Wells and Edwin Abbott; the reality of imaginary numbers; parallel universes; and patterns in the heart of chaos. You’ll also discover the number that infects the whole of mathematics and places fundamental limits on what we can know; the "cloud" that surrounds every real number; and how to marry a sultan’s daughter.

The Universal Book of Mathematics is fully cross-referenced and brimming with all of the history, science, and numerical magic you need to make sense of everything from nothing to an infinite number of infinities. Whether you’re an amateur mathematician, a recreational math buff, or a dedicated student of numbers, this is the helpful resource, the entertaining pastime, and the indispensable reference you’ve been waiting for.

About the Author:

DAVID DARLING, Ph.D., received his doctorate in astronomy from the University of Manchester, England. He is the author of The Universal Book of Astronomy (Wiley), The Complete Book of Spaceflight (Wiley), The Extraterrestrial Encyclopedia, Deep Time, Equations of Eternity (a New York Times Notable Book), Soul Search, and Zen Physics.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780785822974: Universal Book of Mathematics

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0785822976 ISBN 13:  9780785822974
Publisher: Chartwell Books, Inc., 2009
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Darling, David
Published by Wiley (TP) 8/1/2004 (2004)
ISBN 10: 0471270474 ISBN 13: 9780471270478
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Wiley (TP) 8/1/2004, 2004. Hardback or Cased Book. Condition: New. The Universal Book of Mathematics: From Abracadabra to Zeno's Paradoxes. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9780471270478

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 27.55
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Darling, David
Published by Wiley
ISBN 10: 0471270474 ISBN 13: 9780471270478
New Hardcover Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Wiley. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0471270474 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Seller Inventory # SWATI2132919219

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 23.61
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Darling, David
ISBN 10: 0471270474 ISBN 13: 9780471270478
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2004. HRD. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IB-9780471270478

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 24.06
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

David Darling
Published by Wiley (2004)
ISBN 10: 0471270474 ISBN 13: 9780471270478
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Wiley, 2004. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0471270474

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 27.54
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Darling, David
Published by Wiley
ISBN 10: 0471270474 ISBN 13: 9780471270478
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Mega Buzz
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Wiley. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0471270474. Seller Inventory # Z0471270474ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 30.90
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Darling, David
Published by Wiley
ISBN 10: 0471270474 ISBN 13: 9780471270478
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BookShop4U
(PHILADELPHIA, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Wiley. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0471270474. Seller Inventory # Z0471270474ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 30.90
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Darling, David
Published by Wiley
ISBN 10: 0471270474 ISBN 13: 9780471270478
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Bookhouse COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Wiley. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0471270474. Seller Inventory # Z0471270474ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 30.90
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Darling, David
Published by Wiley
ISBN 10: 0471270474 ISBN 13: 9780471270478
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Booklot COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Wiley. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0471270474. Seller Inventory # Z0471270474ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 30.90
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Darling, David
Published by Wiley
ISBN 10: 0471270474 ISBN 13: 9780471270478
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Vital Products COM LLC
(Southampton, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Wiley. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0471270474. Seller Inventory # Z0471270474ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 30.90
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Darling, David
Published by Wiley
ISBN 10: 0471270474 ISBN 13: 9780471270478
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Qwestbooks COM LLC
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Wiley. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0471270474. Seller Inventory # Z0471270474ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 30.90
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book