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Don't  be put off by the word "math":  Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World is a fun read--I loved it, and not only couldn't put it down--I wished there were more of it. This is the perfect book for anyone who has ever wondered how math impacts their lives. Matt Parker uses notable real life events to explain complex issues in an easy to understand and entertaining way. He also helps the reader realize how important math always has been, and shows how that importance is only going to increase. Yes, I’m a fan and I recommend this book!

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780593084687
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 21st, 2020

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In Calculating the Cosmos (Basic Books, $27.99) award-winning scientist and math popularizer Ian Stewart takes the majesty and complexity of our universe and explains it, bit by bit, according to how the numbers add up. In addition to showing how math helps us understand the cosmos as it is (and will be), Stewart also humanizes and contextualizes our history of calculations. Through short summaries he explains how we came to better understand the universe, detailing our record of insights, mistakes, recalculations, and lucky guesses. Discussing everything from how the bodies in our solar system affect each other to whether dark matter exists, and on to speculations about how new discoveries may guide future deep space exploration, this book is for anyone who is fascinated by looking at the stars and wants to better understand their—and our—place in the universe.

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$27.99
ISBN: 9780465096107
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Published: Basic Books - October 25th, 2016

In The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets (Bloomsbury, $26,), Simon Singh applies his PhD in particle physics and his deep knowledge of mathematics to uncover the hidden magic of one of America’s most beloved cultural icons. In line with the show’s special brand of humor, Singh reveals an array of mathematic references deeply embedded throughout hundreds of episodes. Offering a new perspective to fans, Singh reveals that many of the show’s writers not only have a flair for comedy, but hold advanced degrees in mathematics as well. Ranging from the wacky world of The Simpsons to the hyper-reality of Futurama, Singh masterfully draws out the simple equations and complex theorems that have imbued the Groening universe.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781620402771
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - October 29th, 2013

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$18.00
ISBN: 9781620402788
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - October 14th, 2014

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