The Joy of X

The Joy of X

A Guided Tour of Math, From One to Infinity

Book - 2013
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"Delightful . . . easily digestible chapters include plenty of helpful examples and illustrations. You'll never forget the Pythagorean theorem again!" -- Scientific American

Many people take math in high school and promptly forget much of it. But math plays a part in all of our lives all of the time, whether we know it or not. In The Joy of x , Steven Strogatz expands on his hit New York Times series to explain the big ideas of math gently and clearly, with wit, insight, and brilliant illustrations.

Whether he is illuminating how often you should flip your mattress to get the maximum lifespan from it, explaining just how Google searches the internet, or determining how many people you should date before settling down, Strogatz shows how math connects to every aspect of life. Discussing pop culture, medicine, law, philosophy, art, and business, Strogatz is the math teacher you wish you'd had. 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, 2013, c2012
Edition: 1st Mariner Books ed. --
ISBN: 9780544105850
Branch Call Number: 510 Str
Characteristics: xii, 316 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Apr 16, 2019

Great sense of humor and as someone who has only done Pre-Calculus 12 so far...the explanations were easy to understand.

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.

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."

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.

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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