Man vs Maths: Understanding the Curious Mathematics That Power Our World

Author(s): Timothy Revell


Could we solve queuing with an equation? How do algorithms control our news? What is the secret behind encryption codes? Mathematics is inescapable. Wherever you go, whatever you do, however you live your life, mathematics plays a role. From controlling a city's traffic to finding love, spending money online to building a skyscraper, the mathematics at play in our world is fascinating. Yet despite its ubiquity, for many of us, how the maths of today really works remains complex. Timothy Revell distils these complexities in this essential guide to modern-day mathematics. Along the way we discover how social media trends work, why the universe has a favourite number and what this means for you. Man vs Maths shows you how understanding a little more mathematics can help improve your life.


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Timothy Revell has a PhD Mathematically Structured Programming from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He has worked with BBC Horizon and radio show The Naked Scientists, one of the world's most popular science shows, that discusses the hot topics in science, technology and medicine. Timothy runs an award-winning science communication group in Glasgow called the GIST, which consists of over 100 contributors that regularly produce articles, videos and podcasts.

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  • : 9781781315583
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : August 2016
  • : 197mm X 150mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : September 2016
  • : books

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