Synopses & Reviews
In this vibrant work, which is ideal for both teaching and learning, Apoorva Khare and Anna Lachowska explain the mathematics essential for understanding and appreciating our quantitative world. They show with examples that mathematics is a key tool in the creation and appreciation of art, music, and literature, not just science and technology. The book covers basic mathematical topics from logarithms to statistics, but the authors eschew mundane finance and probability problems. Instead, they explain how modular arithmetic helps keep our online transactions safe, how logarithms justify the twelve-tone scale commonly used in music, and how transmissions by deep space probes are similar to knights serving as messengers for their traveling prince. Ideal for coursework in introductory mathematics and requiring no knowledge of calculus, Khare and Lachowskaandrsquo;s enlightening mathematics tour will appeal to a wide audience.
andldquo;The authors have assembled a fascinating group of very interesting topics.andrdquo;andmdash;Richard Bedient, Hamilton College
andldquo;Khare and Lachowska introduce bite-size pieces of important math by surrounding them with interesting context, from the Monty Hall problem for probability to a story by Dino Buzzati for velocity. Math treated with seriousness and fun.andrdquo;andmdash;Michael Frame, co-author, with Benoit Mandelbrot, of Fractals, Graphics, and Mathematics Education
andldquo;It is an excellent book, well-suited for a thoughtful, quantitatively-rigorous andlsquo;Math for Humanistsandrsquo; course.andrdquo;andmdash;William Goldbloom Bloch, author ofandnbsp;The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borgesandrsquo; Library of Babel
andldquo;A whirlwind tour through mathematics and its applications to the real world, laced with stimulating exercises and fascinating historical insights. Destined to become a classic of mathematical exposition.andrdquo;andmdash;Eli Maor, author of e: the Story of a Numberandnbsp;and Trigonometric Delights
About the Author
Apoorva Khare is currently a research associate at Stanford University. Anna Lachowska is a lecturer in mathematics at Yale University.