Math for the Frightened
Facing Scary Symbols and Everything Else That Freaks You Out About MathematicsBook - 2011
"Mathematician Colin Pask gently introduces the reader to the main ideas of mathematics and painlessly demonstrates how they are expressed in terms of symbols. The author not only teaches the reader why symbols are used, and how and why equations are constructed, but also exactly what is achieved by doing that. No high-level mathematics is required for learning about the basic approaches in mathematics. Through simple yet intriguing examples in number theory, Pask generates confidence in thinking mathematically and reveals the pleasure of seeing how mathematical patterns evolve and are explored. Gradually the reader is guided through the development of mathematics, first in the area of numbers and algebra, but later in geometry where the symbolic and the visual approaches are combined. With this background established, Pask next shows exactly how mathematics is used in science and elsewhere"--Publisher.
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2011
Branch Call Number: 510.1 P2639M 2011
Characteristics: 380 p. : ill. ; 26 cm