The Math Of Life And Death

The Math Of Life And Death

The Math Of Life And Death

"Few of us really appreciate the full power of math--the extent to which its influence is not only in every office and every home, but also in every courtroom and hospital ward. In this ... book, Kit Yates explores the true stories of life-changing events in which the application--or misapplication--of mathematics has played a critical role: patients crippled by faulty genes and entrepreneurs bankrupted by faulty algorithms; innocent victims of miscarriages of justice; and the unwitting victims of software glitches"--Publisher marketing.

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Genre : MATHEMATICS
Author : Kit Yates
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Release : 2021-04-27
Total Pages : 288 Pages
ISBN : 9781982111885


The Math Of Life And Death

The Math Of Life And Death

Brilliant and entertaining mathematician Kit Yates illuminates seven mathematical concepts that shape our daily lives. From birthdays to birth rates to how we perceive the passing of time, mathematical patterns shape our lives. But for those of us who left math behind in high school, the numbers and figures we encounter as we go about our days can leave us scratching our heads, feeling as if we’re fumbling through a mathematical minefield. In this eye-opening and “welcome addition to the math-for-people-who-hate-math” (Kirkus Reviews), Kit Yates illuminates hidden principles that can help us understand and navigate the chaotic and often opaque surfaces of our world. In The Math of Life and Death, Yates takes us on a “dizzying, dazzling” (Nature) tour of everyday situations and grand-scale applications of mathematical concepts, including exponential growth and decay, optimization, statistics and probability, and number systems. Along the way he reveals the mathematical undersides of controversies over DNA testing, Ponzi schemes, viral marketing, and historical events such as the Chernobyl disaster and the Amanda Knox trial. Readers will finish this book with an enlightened perspective on the news, the law, medicine, and history, and will be better equipped to make personal decisions and solve problems with math in mind, whether it’s choosing the shortest checkout line at the grocery store or halting the spread of a deadly disease.

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Genre : Mathematics
Author : Kit Yates
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Release : 2020-01-07
Total Pages : 288 Pages
ISBN : 9781982111892


The Maths Of Life And Death

The Maths Of Life And Death

*SELECTED AS ONE OF THE SUNDAY TIMES SCIENCE BOOKS OF THE YEAR* "This is an exquisitely interesting book. It's a deeply serious one too and, for those like me who have little maths, it's delightfully readable" - IAN MCEWAN "An exciting new voice in the world of science communication" - MARCUS DU SAUTOY "An extremely thoughtful, articulate and accessible insight into mathematics in the real world" - ALEX BELLOS "Kit Yates is a brilliant explainer and storyteller" - STEVEN STROGATZ __________ Maths is the story of the world around us, and the wisdom it gives us can be the difference between success and disaster. We are all doing maths all the time, from the way we communicate with each other to the way we travel, from how we work to how we relax. Many of us are aware of this. But few of us really appreciate the full power of maths - the extent to which its influence is not only in every office and every home, but also in every courtroom and hospital ward. In this eye-opening and extraordinary book, Yates explores the true stories of life-changing events in which the application - or misapplication - of mathematics has played a critical role: patients crippled by faulty genes and entrepreneurs bankrupted by faulty algorithms; innocent victims of miscarriages of justice and the unwitting victims of software glitches. We follow stories of investors who have lost fortunes and parents who have lost children, all because of mathematical misunderstandings. Along the way, Yates arms us with simple mathematical rules and tools that can help us make better decisions in our increasingly quantitative society. You will discover why it's always sensible to question a statistic, often vital to ask for a second opinion and sometimes surprisingly handy to stick to the 37% rule...

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Genre : Mathematics
Author : Kit Yates
Publisher : Hachette UK
Release : 2019-09-05
Total Pages : 352 Pages
ISBN : 9781787475397


Math Of Life And Death

Math Of Life And Death

We are all doing math all the time, from the way we communicate with each other to the way we travel, from how we work to how we relax. Many of us are aware of this. But few of us really appreciate the full power of math - the extent to which its influence is not only in every office and every home, but also in every courtroom and hospital ward. In this eye-opening and extraordinary book, Kit Yates explores the true stories of life-changing events in which the application - or misapplication - of mathematics has played a critical role: patients crippled by faulty genes and entrepreneurs bankrupted by faulty algorithms; innocent victims of miscarriages of justice and the unwitting victims of software glitches. We follow stories of investors who have lost fortunes and parents who have lost children, all because of mathematical misunderstandings. Along the way, Yates arms us with simple mathematical rules and tools that can help us make better decisions in our increasingly quantitative society. Table of Contents: Chapter 1 - Thinking Exponentially: Exploring the Awesome Power and Sobering Limits of Exponential Behavior Chapter 2 - Sensitivity, Specificity, and Second Opinions: Why Math Makes Medicine Matter Chapter 3 - The Laws of Mathematics: Investigating the role of Math in the Law Chapter 4 - Don't Believe the Truth: Debunking Media Statistics Chapter 5 - Wrong Place, Wrong Time: The Evolution of Our Number Systems and How They Let us Down Chapter 6 - Relentless Optimisation: The Unconstrained Potential of Algorithms, From Evolution to e-commerce Chapter 7 - Susceptible, Infective, Removed: Containing disease is in our own hands

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Author : Kit Yates
Publisher :
Release : 2020-01-07
Total Pages : 288 Pages
ISBN : 1982144513


The Maths Of Life And Death

The Maths Of Life And Death

"This is an exquisitely interesting book. It's a deeply serious one too and, for those like me who have little maths, it's delightfully readable" - IAN MCEWAN "An exciting new voice in the world of science communication" - MARCUS DU SAUTOY "An extremely thoughtful, articulate and accessible insight into mathematics in the real world" - ALEX BELLOS "Kit Yates is a brilliant explainer and storyteller" - STEVEN STROGATZ __________ Maths is the story of the world around us, and the wisdom it gives us can be the difference between success and disaster. We are all doing maths all the time, from the way we communicate with each other to the way we travel, from how we work to how we relax. Many of us are aware of this. But few of us really appreciate the full power of maths - the extent to which its influence is not only in every office and every home, but also in every courtroom and hospital ward. In this eye-opening and extraordinary book, Yates explores the true stories of life-changing events in which the application - or misapplication - of mathematics has played a critical role: patients crippled by faulty genes and entrepreneurs bankrupted by faulty algorithms; innocent victims of miscarriages of justice and the unwitting victims of software glitches. We follow stories of investors who have lost fortunes and parents who have lost children, all because of mathematical misunderstandings. Along the way, Yates arms us with simple mathematical rules and tools that can help us make better decisions in our increasingly quantitative society. You will discover why it's always sensible to question a statistic, often vital to ask for a second opinion and sometimes surprisingly handy to stick to the 37% rule...

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Genre : Mathematics
Author : Kit Yates
Publisher :
Release : 2019-09-05
Total Pages : 352 Pages
ISBN : 1787475425


The Book Of Perfectly Perilous Math

The Book Of Perfectly Perilous Math

Math rocks! At least it does in the gifted hands of Sean Connolly, who blends middle school math with fantasy to create an exciting adventure in problem-solving. These word problems are perilous, do-or-die scenarios of blood-sucking vampires (How many months would it take a single vampire to completely take over a town of 500,000 people?), or a rowboat of 5 shipwrecked sailors with a single barrel of freshwater (How much can they drink, and for how long, before they go mad from thirst???). Each problem requires readers to dig deep into the tools they’re learning in school to figure out how to survive. Kids will love solving these problems. Sean Connolly knows how to make tough subjects exciting and he brings that same intuitive understanding of what inspires and challenges kids’ curiosity to the 24 problems in The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math. These problems are as fun to read as they are challenging to solve. They test readers on fractions, algebra, geometry, probability, expressions and equations, and more. Use geometry to fill in for the ship’s navigator and make it safely to the New World. Escape an evil Duke’s executioner by picking the right door—probability will save your neck.

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Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
Author : Sean Connolly
Publisher : Workman Publishing
Release : 2017-03-28
Total Pages : 240 Pages
ISBN : 9781523502370


The Arithmetic Of Life And Death

The Arithmetic Of Life And Death

Whether you realize it or not, numbers are everywhere--and integral to almost every facet of your life . . . from your next raise in pay to the inevitable rise of inflation, your weekly family budget to your end of the national debt. And as George Shaffner amazingly reveals, there are discerning answers (and a great measure of comfort) in numbers. In The Arithmetic of Life, he applies the basic principles of mathematics--addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division--to some of the most profound and just plain puzzling questions of our time. Illuminated with anecdotes, humor, and insight, each chapter explains a unique part of life that can be understood only through the magic of numbers. Whether it's an unconventional theory on why more things go wrong than right, a simple calculation of how much it will cost you to smoke for a lifetime, why crime (accumulatively) doesn't pay, or a glimpse into the probability of life after death, this enlightening and lucidly reasoned book will forever change the way you think about numbers--and the world around you.

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Genre : Philosophy
Author : George Shaffner
Publisher : Ballantine Books
Release : 2010-12-15
Total Pages : 220 Pages
ISBN : 9780307775740


John Von Neumann And Norbert Wiener

John Von Neumann And Norbert Wiener

A double biography compares the lives and careers of two innovative mathematicians and assesses their respective contributions in the areas of quantum mechanics and cybernetics

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Genre : Mathematics
Author : Steve J. Heims
Publisher : Mit Press
Release : 1980
Total Pages : 547 Pages
ISBN : UCLA:L0065831968


The Life And Death Of Stars

The Life And Death Of Stars

In an illustrated, accessible text, the author explains the life cycle of stars, from dense molecular clouds to the enigmatic nebulae some stars leave behind in their violent ends.

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Genre : Science
Author : Kenneth R. Lang
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release : 2013-03-25
Total Pages : 332 Pages
ISBN : 9781107016385


Math For Life Crucial Ideas You Didn T Learn In School

Math For Life Crucial Ideas You Didn T Learn In School

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Publisher : Jeffrey Bennett
Release :
Total Pages : Pages
ISBN : 9781937548186