The Population Explosion and Other Mathematical Puzzles

Author: Dick Hess
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814733776
Format: PDF
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Population Explosion and Other Mathematical Puzzles is a wonderful addition to Dr Dick Hess's previous successful books, Mental Gymnastics: Recreational Mathematical Puzzles, Golf on the Moon, (Dover Publishing, 2011 and 2014 respectively) and Number-Crunching Math Puzzles (Puzzlewright, 2013), a republication of All-Star Mathlete Puzzles (Sterling Publishing, 2009). In this latest volume, there are 116 recreational mathematical puzzles and problems that will challenge and entertain bright minds. They are mostly new problems on creative themes, encompassing a wide range of difficulty from amusing to complex. Intended to hone mathematical thinking skills and reasoning ability, solving the puzzles may require considerable perseverance. Open this book to find a captivating assortment of geometric, digital, logical, probability, analytical, physics and trapezoid puzzles. Find out what happens with jeeps in the desert and be amused or confused by some MathDice puzzles. While most of these puzzles can be solved by pencil and paper analysis, there are some that are best tackled with a computer to find a solution. Be prepared to keep your wits about you! Contents: Playful PuzzlesGeometric PuzzlesDigital PuzzlesLogical PuzzlesProbability PuzzlesAnalytical PuzzlesPhysics PuzzlesTrapezoid PuzzlesJeeps in the DesertMathDice Puzzles Readership: Students, general public, professionals. Key Features:Mostly new problemsCreative themesA wide range of difficulty from amusing to complex

The Best Writing on Mathematics 2018

Author: Mircea Pitici
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691188726
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The year’s finest mathematical writing from around the world This annual anthology brings together the year’s finest mathematics writing from around the world. Featuring promising new voices alongside some of the foremost names in the field, The Best Writing on Mathematics 2018 makes available to a wide audience many pieces not easily found anywhere else—and you don’t need to be a mathematician to enjoy them. These essays delve into the history, philosophy, teaching, and everyday aspects of math, offering surprising insights into its nature, meaning, and practice—and taking readers behind the scenes of today’s hottest mathematical debates. James Grime shows how to build subtly mischievous dice for playing slightly unfair games and Michael Barany traces how our appreciation of the societal importance of mathematics has developed since World War II. In other essays, Francis Su extolls the inherent values of learning, doing, and sharing mathematics, and Margaret Wertheim takes us on a mathematical exploration of the mind and the world—with glimpses at science, philosophy, music, art, and even crocheting. And there’s much, much more. In addition to presenting the year’s most memorable math writing, this must-have anthology includes an introduction by the editor and a bibliography of other notable pieces on mathematics. This is a must-read for anyone interested in where math has taken us—and where it is headed.

Golf on the Moon

Author: Dick Hess
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486497380
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From the author of Dover's Mental Gymnastics come these amusing and challenging new puzzles. Abounding in mathematical paradoxes and logic puzzles, the collection also features a variety of sports-related riddles and paradigms. These brainteasers vary in complexity from playful propositions to tough mathematical conundrums. Suitable for ages 12 and up. Solutions.

Population Puzzle

Author: Laura E. Huggins
Publisher: Hoover Institution Press
ISBN: 0817945334
Format: PDF, ePub
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Drawing from government reports, think tank studies, scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, and books, this insightful overview offers a range of contrasting viewpoints and policy perspectives on the major issues concerning world population growth, with particular emphasis on the impact of population trends on the United States.

The Number Mysteries

Author: Marcus du Sautoy
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9780230120280
Format: PDF
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Every time we download music, take a flight across the Atlantic or talk on our cell phones, we are relying on great mathematical inventions. In The Number Mysteries, one of our generation's foremost mathematicians Marcus du Sautoy offers a playful and accessible examination of numbers and how, despite efforts of the greatest minds, the most fundamental puzzles of nature remain unsolved. Du Sautoy tells about the quest to predict the future—from the flight of asteroids to an impending storm, from bending a ball like Beckham to forecasting population growth. He brings to life the beauty behind five mathematical puzzles that have contributed to our understanding of the world around us and have helped develop the technology to cope with it. With loads of games to play and puzzles to solve, this is a math book for everyone.

Sparing Nature

Author: Jeffrey K. McKee
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813535586
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"With an elegant and earnest writing style more common among nature writers than academics, McKee tallies the value of a balanced ecosystem." --Nation "McKee is bringing to Sparing Nature the same graceful writing style combined with insights of a fine scientist that I found in The Riddled Chain. Furthermore, his timing is exquisite, since the close relationship of human population growth to the decay of biodiversity has not been brought to popular audiences in far too long." --Paul Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Population Studies, Stanford University Are humans too good at adapting to the earth's natural environment? Every day, there is a net gain of 200,000 people on the planet--that's 146 a minute. Has our explosive population growth led to the mass extinction of countless species in the earth's plant and animal communities? Jeffrey K. McKee contends it has. Exploring the cause-and-effect relationship between these two trends, McKee demonstrates that nature is too sparing to accommodate both a richly diverse living world and a rapidlly expanding number of people. He probes the past to find that humans and their ancestors have had negative impacts on species biodiversity for nearly two million years, and that extinction rates have accelarated since the origins of agriculture. Today entire ecosystems are in peril due to the relentless growth of the human population. Providing a guided tour of the interconnections within the living world, Sparing Nature makes the maze of technical research and scientific debates accessible to the general reader. McKee not only encourages more responsible reproductive habits, but also takes an objective look at the means that might be employed to decrease fertility rates and stop the population explosion. Jeffrey K. McKee is a professor in the department of anthropology as well as the department of evolution, ecology, and organismal biology at The Ohio State University.

The Great Breakthrough and Its Cause

Author: Julian Lincoln Simon
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472110971
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Illuminates and explains the emergence of modern economic development in Western Europe after the seventeenth century

Math and Bio 2010

Author: Lynn Arthur Steen
Publisher: MAA
ISBN: 9780883858189
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Math & Bio 2010: Linking Undergraduate Disciplines envisages a new educational paradigm in which the disciplines of mathematics and biology, currently quite separate, will be productively linked in the undergraduate science programs of the 21st century. As a science, biology depends increasingly on data, algorithms, and models; in virtually every respect, it is becoming more quantitative, more computational, and more mathematical. While these trends are related, they are not the same; they represent, rather, three different perspectives on what many are calling the "new biology." All three methods---quantitative, computational, mathematical---are spreading across the entire landscape of biological science from molecular to cellular, organismic and ecological. The aim of this volume is to alert members of both communities---biological and mathematical---to the expanding and exciting challenges of interdisciplinary work in these fields.

Slicing Pizzas Racing Turtles and Further Adventures in Applied Mathematics

Author: Robert B. Banks
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400843030
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Have you ever daydreamed about digging a hole to the other side of the world? Robert Banks not only entertains such ideas but, better yet, he supplies the mathematical know-how to turn fantasies into problem-solving adventures. In this sequel to the popular Towing Icebergs, Falling Dominoes (Princeton, 1998), Banks presents another collection of puzzles for readers interested in sharpening their thinking and mathematical skills. The problems range from the wondrous to the eminently practical. In one chapter, the author helps us determine the total number of people who have lived on earth; in another, he shows how an understanding of mathematical curves can help a thrifty lover, armed with construction paper and scissors, keep expenses down on Valentine's Day. In twenty-six chapters, Banks chooses topics that are fairly easy to analyze using relatively simple mathematics. The phenomena he describes are ones that we encounter in our daily lives or can visualize without much trouble. For example, how do you get the most pizza slices with the least number of cuts? To go from point A to point B in a downpour of rain, should you walk slowly, jog moderately, or run as fast as possible to get least wet? What is the length of the seam on a baseball? If all the ice in the world melted, what would happen to Florida, the Mississippi River, and Niagara Falls? Why do snowflakes have six sides? Covering a broad range of fields, from geography and environmental studies to map- and flag-making, Banks uses basic algebra and geometry to solve problems. If famous scientists have also pondered these questions, the author shares the historical details with the reader. Designed to entertain and to stimulate thinking, this book can be read for sheer personal enjoyment.