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What's the Use?: How Mathematics Shapes Everyday Life (Hardcover)

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See the world in a completely new way as an esteemed mathematician shows how math powers the world—from technology to health care and beyond.

Almost all of us have sat in a math class, wondering when we'd ever need to know how to find the roots of a polynomial or graph imaginary numbers. And in one sense, we were right: if we needed to, we'd use a computer. But as Ian Stewart argues in What's the Use?, math isn't just about boring computations. 

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See the world in a completely new way as an esteemed mathematician shows how math powers the world—from technology to health care and beyond.

Almost all of us have sat in a math class, wondering when we'd ever need to know how to find the roots of a polynomial or graph imaginary numbers. And in one sense, we were right: if we needed to, we'd use a computer. But as Ian Stewart argues in What's the Use?, math isn't just about boring computations. Rather, it offers us new and profound insights into our world, allowing us to accomplish feats as significant as space exploration and organ donation. From the trigonometry that keeps a satellite in orbit to the prime numbers used by the world's most advanced security systems to the imaginary numbers that enable augmented reality, math isn't just relevant to our lives. It is the very fabric of our existence.

 

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ISBN 9781541699489
Length (cm) 15.0000
Width (cm) 4.0000
Height (cm) 24.0000
Publisher Basic Books
Publication Date Aug 17, 2021
Pages (number) 336
Genre Education and Reference
Author Ian Stewart
Signed No
Format Hardcover
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“If you believe mathematics offers little of practical use, Stewart is back to show you the error of your ways...Richly informative."—Kirkus

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