and All That has ratings and 25 reviews. David Acheson’s extraordinary little book makes mathematics accessible to everyone. From very simple be. and All That by David Acheson, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. David Acheson and differential equations (“What is the Secret of All Life?”). The title of and All That is a take-off on a famous book on the history of.

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When we first meet the numberfor instance, it is all about circles. Packed with puzzles and illustrated by world famous cartoonists, this is one of the most readable and imaginative books on mathematics ever written. Every short chapter is carefully crafted to ensure that no one will get lost on the journey. I was keen on magic tricks at the time, and one day I came across a “trick with numbers” in an article called “Abracadabra!

Starting from such minimalist material, David Acheson works his way up to chaos and catastrophe theory. Want to Read saving….

Sullo stesso argomento, mi sentirei di consigliare http: I have very little academic background, simply interest and curiosity and would greatly appreciate any clarification. With this thatt David Acheson has joined the best of them. I had my first mathematical surprise inat the age of Read this in a book by Shalinka Devi in my teens.

Jul 28, Omarove rated it liked it Shelves: Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Even now, I still regard this as one of the most devastatingly effective and illuminating proofs in the whole of mathematics.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Nobody could actually prove it, either, but it had been around for a very long time, and it had been proposed, after all, by a very respected authority You’ve successfully reported this review.


Truly inspiring, and a great read over a weekend. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! In respect of the trick; I found that any number, of two or more digits except ‘mirrored’ numbers such as 11 or 89, where at least one number is more or less than it’s adjoining digits, when reversed and the lower subtracted from the higher the answer is always divisible by 9, thaat example:. All Mathematical Sorcery 86, From very simple beginnings he takes us on a thrilling journey to some deep mathematical ideas.

Or it shows, for example, why proofs are necessary, in an example that is completely understandable by 14 year old pupils. A Brief History of pi ; From very simple beginnings he takes us on a thrilling journey to some deep mathematical ideas. There are few mathematicians who succeed in writing popular accounts of their craft without being superficial or condescending. By David Acheson I’ve just had a great time at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, even though it was a rather strange experience for a mathematician.

dagid Not a page passes without at least one intriguing insight Feb 17, John rated it liked it Recommends it for: I don’t think you need any background in math to read, understand and enjoy this book. At first sight, perhaps, this is “just” geometry. Take a circle, mark n points on the circumference, and join each point to all the others by straight lines. These points, H and I, are called focal points.

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It explains the theory and mathematical purpose behind a lot of otherwise inscrutable things in a very accessible way. David Acheson’s latest book ” and All That” Oxford University Press is an original attempt at bringing some of the ideas and pleasures of mathematics to a wide public, and is a Plus favourite.

Very small, very short, packed with a ton of information. But no, this one was far more than that. The Trouble with Algebra.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. While it is possible to prove this result, beyond all doubt, using the methods of calculus, I have yet to meet anyone who can explain this connection between circles and the odd numbers in truly simple terms.


But then again, his book is meant more as a mathematical primer and as something to whet one’s mathematical appetite. Selected pages Title Page. A Journey into Mathematics Back to Nonfiction.

and All That: A Journey into Mathematics by David Acheson

This book was a fantastic read, starting from very simple maths and gradually getting more complicated, it kept my interest throughout the entire thing. Where ever you are in your career, this book will remind you of those mathematical marvels that you take for granted. A sometimes fascinating but for me too often incomprehensible exploration of mathematics. This an why math is fun, and why anyone whould want to do math all day. Recensie s Fasten your seatbelts!

Also very helpful for math teachers, it shows nice real world problems that can be solved with not too much mathematics.

R Parkin found a counter-example, four fifth powers that add up to a fifth power:. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. She also has a great about about to blow the qubic theory.

Brian rated it liked it Sep 10, We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. My scientific papers on the subject have even been acquired by the archives of the Magic Circle in London, which would surely have astonished a certain achsson old boy in At one point, in explaining some of the theory behind sine and cosine, he suddenly slipped the Greek letter theta into his example without explaining what it was.

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