The Joy of X

The Joy of X

A Guided Tour of Math, From One to Infinity

Book - 2012
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A world-class mathematician and regular contributor to the New York Times hosts a delightful tour of the greatest ideas of math, revealing how it connects to literature, philosophy, law, medicine, art, business, even pop culture in ways we never imagined

Did O.J. do it? How should you flip your mattress to get the maximum wear out of it? How does Google search the Internet? How many people should you date before settling down? Believe it or not, math plays a crucial role in answering all of these questions and more.

Math underpins everything in the cosmos, including us, yet too few of us understand this universal language well enough to revel in its wisdom, its beauty -- and its joy. This deeply enlightening, vastly entertaining volume translates math in a way that is at once intelligible and thrilling. Each trenchant chapter of The Joy of x offers an "aha!" moment, starting with why numbers are so helpful, and progressing through the wondrous truths implicit in π, the Pythagorean theorem, irrational numbers, fat tails, even the rigors and surprising charms of calculus. Showing why he has won awards as a professor at Cornell and garnered extensive praise for his articles about math for the New York Times , Strogatz presumes of his readers only curiosity and common sense. And he rewards them with clear, ingenious, and often funny explanations of the most vital and exciting principles of his discipline.

Whether you aced integral calculus or aren't sure what an integer is, you'll find profound wisdom and persistent delight in The Joy of x .
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
ISBN: 9780547517650
0547517653
Branch Call Number: 510 Str
Characteristics: xii, 316 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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samuelcameron
Aug 04, 2017

Wonderful read. Great insights and practical understanding. Great writer and definitely worth the read if you like math. It could even make you like math. I ended up buying it so I can re read it.

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writermala
Aug 14, 2016

'The Joy of X' delivers on its title's promise to show the readers the joy of Mathematics. However, I believe that a little knowledge of Mathematics including Algebra and Pre- calculus will help in understanding the concepts in the book.
Strogatz does a great job of giving true life examples to illustrate complicated concepts and his writing style is inimitable; for example when he says statistics helps to "find the needle of meaning in the haystack of data."

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kkitscool
Jul 29, 2015

Represented great ideas and concepts in mathematics. This book presented amazing examples and provided step by step solutions to follow along as well.

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jkrambeck
Feb 12, 2013

Great book about numbers. Not just one of those books that tells you what the number two is, but goes in to detail about mathematics.

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