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What's The Use?: The Unreasonable Effectiveness Of Mathematics [Paperback-2022]
Ian Stewart
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Category:SciencePopular SciencePopular Science-Gsc
Publisher: Profile Uk | ISBN: 9781781259429 | Pages: 336

Stewart is Britain s most brilliant and prolific populariser of maths Alex Bellos The instructive equivalent of a Michelin-starred tasting menu Tim Radford Many people think mathematics is useless. They re wrong. In the UK, the 2.8 million people employed in mathematical science occupations contributed £208 billion to the economy in a single year - that s 10 per cent of the workforce contributing 16 per cent of the economy. What s the Use? asks why there is such a vast gulf between public perceptions of mathematics and reality. It shows how mathematics is vital, often in surprising ways, behind the scenes of daily life. How politicians pick their voters. How an absurd little puzzle solved 300 years ago leads to efficient methods for kidney transplants. And how a bizarre, infinitely wiggly curve helps to optimise deliveries to your door.

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an Stewart is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the University of Warwick and the author of the bestseller Professor Stewart s Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities. His recent books include Do Dice Play God?, Significant Figures, Professor Stewart s Incredible Numbers, Seventeen Equations that Changed the World, Professor Stewart s Casebook of Mathematical Mysteries and Calculating the Cosmos. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society.

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