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Mathematics Everywhere
Edited by: Martin Aigner and Ehrhard Behrends, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Translated by Philip G. Spain
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2010; 330 pp; softcover
ISBN-10: 0-8218-4349-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-4349-9
List Price: US$49
Member Price: US$39.20
Order Code: MBK/72
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Five-Minute Mathematics - Ehrhard Behrends

Discrete Mathematics - Martin Aigner

Mathematics is all around us. Often we do not realize it, though. Mathematics Everywhere is a collection of presentations on the role of mathematics in everyday life, through science, technology, and culture. The common theme is the unique position of mathematics as the art of pure thought and at the same time as a universally applicable science. The authors are renowned mathematicians; their presentations cover a wide range of topics. From compact discs to the stock exchange, from computer tomography to traffic routing, from electronic money to climate change, they make the "math inside" understandable and enjoyable. An additional attractive feature is the leisurely treatment of some hot topics that have gained prominence in recent years, such as Fermat's Theorem, Kepler's packing problem, and the solution of the Poincaré Conjecture. Or maybe you have heard about the Nash equilibrium (of "A Beautiful Mind" fame), or the strange future of quantum computers, and want to know what it is all about? Well, open the book and take an up-to-date trip into the fascinating world of the mathematics all around us.

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Readership

Undergraduates, graduate students, and research mathematicians interested in mathematical trends and topics in the world around us.

Reviews

"The modern world runs on mathematics. It provides a way to make things work better and more efficiently, which is one of the ways that economies can emerge from a recession. This necessary fervor is fueled by knowledge of the latest applications of mathematics, some of which is provided in great detail by this book."

-- MAA Reviews

"This collection of articles illustrates the endless impact of mathematics in the world around us while showcasing the elegance and functionality of mathematics. . . . This book is a must-read for mathematics majors. It allows them to see the wide range of places their degree can take them, many of which they would not have been exposed to in their undergraduate preparation."

-- Diane Barrett, Mathematics Teacher

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