How does mathematics enable us to send pictures from space back to Earth? Where does the bellshaped curve come from? Why do you need only 23 people in a room for a 50/50 chance of two of them sharing the same birthday? In this volume, Keith Ball highlights how ideas, mostly from pure maths, can answer these questions and many more. Drawing on areas of mathematics from probability theory, number theory and geometry, he explores a wide range of concepts, some more lighthearted, others central to the development of the field and used daily by mathematicians, physicists and engineers. Each of the book's ten chapters begins by outlining key concepts and goes on to discuss, with the minimum of technical detail, the principles that underlie them. Each includes puzzles and problems of varying difficulty. While the chapters are selfcontained, they also reveal the links between seemingly unrelated topics. For example, the problem of how to design codes for satellite communication gives rise to the same idea of uncertainty as the problem of screening blood samples for disease.
About Keith Ball
Keith Ball is Professor of Mathematics at University College London and a Royal Society Leverhulme Research Fellow. Well known for his entertaining public lectures on mathematics, he is also the author of a graduatelevel introduction to convex geometry in a textbook on geometry.Details Book
Author  :  Keith Ball 
Publisher  :  Princeton University Press 
Data Published  :  03 November 2003 
ISBN  :  0691113211 
EAN  :  9780691113210 
Format Book  :  PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT 
Number of Pages  :  272 pages 
Age +  :  15 years 
Language  :  English 
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