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Penrose, a cat with a knack for math, takes children on an adventurous tour of mathematical concepts from fractals to infinity.


A book that brings mathematics to life in stories, puzzles and challenges. Here we find - • How the fractions were squeezed between the whole numbers • Witness the rise and fall of the Roman numerals • Do mental gymnastics with intriguing puzzles • Challenge a friend to a special game • Help factorials cut things down to size • Discover what's a zillion • Learn the magic of binary cards • and many more topics... more...

This journey across the spectrum of human activities takes a creative look at the role mathematics has played since prehistoric times. From its many uses in medicine and its appearance in artwork to its patterns in nature and its central role in the development of computers, mathematics is presented in a fun-to-read, nonthreatening manner.

This sequel to the popular title furthers a reader's appreciation of just how mathematics is connected to the everyday world--and how a grasp of essential concepts can enrich one's life in innumerable ways. This fresh and lively approach to mathematics--appealing even to those who are intimidated by the world of numbers--unlocks the pleasures, mysteries, and practical applications of hundreds of mathematical concepts.


From nutritional labels and box office statistics to terabytes and megapixels, the 21st century world is awash in numbers. How can the average Joe or Jane make sense of all that data? The key, Theoni Pappas argues, is math. In Mathematical Snippets, she draws readers into the fascinating world of math without overwhelming them with mind-numbing equations. Short, engaging sections on everything from golf to game theory introduce... more...

A new treasure trove of stories that make mathematical ideas come to life with an unusual cast of characters. This book explores mathematical concepts and topics such as real numbers, exponents, dimensions, and geometry in both serious and humorous ways. 50 line drawings.

Most people don’t think about numbers, or take them for granted. For the average person numbers are looked upon as cold, clinical, inanimate objects. Math ideas are viewed as something to get a job done or a problem solved. Get ready for a big surprise with Numbers and Other Math Ideas Come Alive. Pappas explores mathematical ideas by looking behind the scenes of what numbers, points, lines, and other concepts are saying and thinking.... more...

Part of the joy of mathematics is that it is everywhere-in soap bubbles, electricity, da Vinci's masterpieces, even in an ocean wave. Written by the well-known mathematics teacher consultant, this volume's collection of over 200 clearly illustrated mathematical ideas, concepts, puzzles, and games shows where they turn up in the "real" world. You'll find out what a googol is, visit hotel infinity, read a thorny logic problem that was stumping them back... more...

"The Magic of Mathematics" delves into the world of ideas, explores the spell that mathematics casts on our lives, and helps you discover mathematics where you least expect it.