The Joy of X

The Joy of X

A Guided Tour of Math, From One to Infinity

Book - 2012
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"In 2010, award-winning professor Steven Strogatz wrote a series for the New York Times online called "The Elements of Math." It was hugely popular: Each piece climbed the most emailed list and elicited hundreds of comments. Readers begged for more, and Strogatz has now delivered. In this fun, fast-paced book, he offers us all a second chance at math. Each short chapter of The Joy of X provides an "Aha!" moment, starting with why numbers are helpful, and moving on to such topics as shapes, calculus, fat tails, and infinity. Strogatz explains the ideas of math gently and clearly, with wit, insight, and brilliant illustrations. Assuming no knowledge, only curiosity, he shows how math connects to literature, philosophy, law, medicine, art, business, even pop culture and current events. For example, did O.J. do it? How should you flip your mattress to get the maximum wear out of it? How does Google search the Internet? How many people should you date before settling down? Strogatz is the math teacher you wish you'd had, and The Joy of X is the book you'll want to give to all your smart and curious friends. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.
ISBN: 9780547517650
Characteristics: xii, 316 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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samuelcameron
Aug 04, 2017

Wonderful read. Great insights and practical understanding. Great writer and definitely worth the read if you like math. It could even make you like math. I ended up buying it so I can re read it.

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writermala
Aug 14, 2016

'The Joy of X' delivers on its title's promise to show the readers the joy of Mathematics. However, I believe that a little knowledge of Mathematics including Algebra and Pre- calculus will help in understanding the concepts in the book.
Strogatz does a great job of giving true life examples to illustrate complicated concepts and his writing style is inimitable; for example when he says statistics helps to "find the needle of meaning in the haystack of data."

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kkitscool
Jul 29, 2015

Represented great ideas and concepts in mathematics. This book presented amazing examples and provided step by step solutions to follow along as well.

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jkrambeck
Feb 12, 2013

Great book about numbers. Not just one of those books that tells you what the number two is, but goes in to detail about mathematics.

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