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The Big Questions: Mathematics
 
 
Author
Tony Crilly. Simon Blackburn, series ed.
Publisher Quercus  
Format flexi-binding
Product Dimensions 8.45 x 5.95 x 0.6 inches
ISBN 9781849162401
Pages/Publication Date 208/2011
Daedalus Item Code 34425
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Are imaginary numbers real? Why are three dimensions not enough? Do butterflies' wings really cause hurricanes? These questions—and their very real answers—aren't science fiction. Tony Crilly delves into the dynamic and eminently practical world of mathematics, a discipline once associated with shady astrologers, later becoming the foundation of modern science. This volume is part of a humorous and topical series in which experts confront the most fundamental and frequently asked questions related to a branch of science or philosophy. Each essay simply and concisely examines a question that may have perplexed us all at one time or another, and provides answers from some of history's greatest thinkers. This "old school" book has black and white illustrations, a flexible binding, and an elastic stay-shut band.
 
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