Makers of Mathematics


Author: Stuart Hollingdale

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486450074

Category: Mathematics

Page: 439

View: 1892

Each chapter of this portrait of the evolution of mathematics examines the work of an individual — Archimedes, Descartes, Fermat, Pascal, Newton, Einstein, and others — to explore the mathematics of his era. Rather than a series of biographical profiles, readers encounter an accessible chronology of pioneering developments in mathematics. 1989 edition.

Mathematics of the Incas

Code of the Quipu


Author: Marcia Ascher,Robert Ascher

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486152707

Category: Science

Page: 176

View: 7532

Unique, thought-provoking study discusses quipu, an accounting system employing knotted, colored cords, used by Incas. Cultural context, mathematics involved, and even how to make a quipu. Over 125 illustrations.

Challenging Math Problems


Author: Terry Stickels

Publisher: Courier Dover Publications

ISBN: 0486808572

Category: Mathematics

Page: 112

View: 2685

"Fun and highly formidable math problems and puzzles from noted puzzle creator Terry Stickels." — Window on Resources Two friends wish to meet for breakfast twice a month throughout the year. In how many ways can they choose those two days so that they never meet on consecutive days? You want to measure 30 seconds and you have two pieces of string, each of which burns for 40 seconds. How can you accomplish this without bending, folding, or cutting the strings? A positive whole number is divisible by 3 and also by 5. When the number is divided by 7, the remainder is 5. What is the smallest number that could work? These are but a few of this book's assembly of the most challenging puzzles imaginable ― and they require no background in higher math, just good thinking skills. Terry Stickels, a well-known puzzle-maker, has compiled 101 of some of the best and most entertaining problems ever published. All of the challenges, which range from probability puzzles to dice games, have two things in common: each offers the "Aha!" moment of discovery that puzzle-solvers love, and they're all fun. Complete solutions for all puzzles explain every detail.

Creators of Mathematical and Computational Sciences


Author: Ravi P Agarwal,Syamal K Sen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319108700

Category: Mathematics

Page: 495

View: 6132

​The book records the essential discoveries of mathematical and computational scientists in chronological order, following the birth of ideas on the basis of prior ideas ad infinitum. The authors document the winding path of mathematical scholarship throughout history, and most importantly, the thought process of each individual that resulted in the mastery of their subject. The book implicitly addresses the nature and character of every scientist as one tries to understand their visible actions in both adverse and congenial environments. The authors hope that this will enable the reader to understand their mode of thinking, and perhaps even to emulate their virtues in life.

Lectures on the Mathematical Method in Analytical Economics


Author: Jacob T. Schwartz

Publisher: Courier Dover Publications

ISBN: 0486835596

Category: Mathematics

Page: 304

View: 4057

Early but still useful contribution to the science of mathematical economics explores the Leontif model and the technological basis of production, theory of business cycles, and neoclassical equilibrium theory. 1961 edition.

The Great Mathematicians

Unravelling the Mysteries of the Universe


Author: Raymond Flood,Robin Wilson

Publisher: Arcturus Publishing

ISBN: 1848589484

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 5156

In this book, you'll learn why Florence Nightingale introduced pie charts, how Lewis Carroll regarded Pythagoras, and why some infinities are larger than others. You'll also meet the mathematician who knew eight languages by the time he was 11, the one who was sent to jail for gambling and the one who published a lot yet never existed. Organised...

How to Gamble If You Must

Inequalities for Stochastic Processes


Author: Lester E. Dubins,Leonard J. Savage,William Sudderth,David Gilat

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486780643

Category: Mathematics

Page: 304

View: 7557

This classic of advanced statistics is geared toward graduate-level readers and uses the concepts of gambling to develop important ideas in probability theory. The authors have distilled the essence of many years' research into a dozen concise chapters. "Strongly recommended" by the Journal of the American Statistical Association upon its initial publication, this revised and updated edition features contributions from two well-known statisticians that include a new Preface, updated references, and findings from recent research. Following an introductory chapter, the book formulates the gambler's problem and discusses gambling strategies. Succeeding chapters explore the properties associated with casinos and certain measures of subfairness. Concluding chapters relate the scope of the gambler's problems to more general mathematical ideas, including dynamic programming, Bayesian statistics, and stochastic processes. Dover (2014) revised and updated republication of the 1976 Dover edition entitled Inequalities for Stochastic Processes. See every Dover book in print at

Mathematical Masterpieces

Further Chronicles by the Explorers


Author: Art Knoebel,Reinhard Laubenbacher,Jerry Lodder,David Pengelley

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0387330615

Category: Mathematics

Page: 340

View: 8582

Intended for juniors and seniors majoring in mathematics, as well as anyone pursuing independent study, this book traces the historical development of four different mathematical concepts by presenting readers with the original sources. Each chapter showcases a masterpiece of mathematical achievement, anchored to a sequence of selected primary sources. The authors examine the interplay between the discrete and continuous, with a focus on sums of powers. They then delineate the development of algorithms by Newton, Simpson and Smale. Next they explore our modern understanding of curvature, and finally they look at the properties of prime numbers. The book includes exercises, numerous photographs, and an annotated bibliography.

Games and Decisions

Introduction and Critical Survey


Author: R. Duncan Luce,Howard Raiffa

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486134830

Category: Mathematics

Page: 544

View: 3387

Superb non-technical introduction to game theory, primarily applied to social sciences. Clear, comprehensive coverage of utility theory, 2-person zero-sum games, 2-person non-zero-sum games, n-person games, individual and group decision-making, more. Bibliography.

536 Puzzles and Curious Problems


Author: Henry E. Dudeney

Publisher: Courier Dover Publications

ISBN: 0486816109

Category: Mathematics

Page: 448

View: 1254

This compilation of long-inaccessible puzzles by a famous puzzle master offers challenges ranging from arithmetical and algebraical problems to those involving geometry, combinatorics, and topology, plus game, domino, and match puzzles. Includes answers.