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The Pleasures of Counting

The Pleasures of Counting

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  • Date Published: December 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521568234

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  • In this engaging and readable book, Dr. Körner describes a variety of lively topics that continue to intrigue professional mathematicians. The topics range from the design of anchors and the Battle of the Atlantic to the outbreak of cholera in Victorian Soho. The author uses relatively simple terms and ideas, yet explains difficulties and avoids condescension. If you are a mathematician who wants to explain to others how you spend your working days, then seek inspiration here. This book will appeal to everyone interested in the uses of mathematics.

    • Very successful author
    • Does not require university-level mathematics
    • Not only explains what mathematics is about, but also how it's done
    • Lots of amusing and illustrative examples drawn from real world
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Körner provides interesting insights to the solving of Enigma messages and cryptology generally, and to other fascinating non-cryptologic subjects." Cryptologia

    "This extremely enjoyable book aims to introduce the casual or 'mathematics for poets' reader to some interesting ways in which mathematics arises in the real world...contains a large number of entertaing anecdotes and quotations, especially about military history, as well as a list of recommendations for further reading and full source of information about the quotations." J.S. Joel, Mathematical Reviews

    "Korner provides interesting insights to the solving of Enigma messages and cryptology generally, and to other fascinating non-cryptologic subjects." Cryptologia

    "Korner, is an experienced teacher, and he has written his book in the expectation that once snared by mathematics, the reader will be forever enslaved....It is an entirely commendable project, one that Korner executes very well." David Berlinski, The Sciences

    "...a wonderful book, a must for all those interested in mathematics and a treasure trove for those who want to enthuse future generations of youngsters for the beauty of our field." Paul Embrechts, JASA

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521568234
    • length: 546 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 185 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.07kg
    • contains: 74 b/w illus. 37 tables 170 music examples 170 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Uses of Abstraction:
    1. Unfeeling statistics
    2. Prelude to a battle
    3. Blackett
    4. Aircraft versus submarine
    Part II. Meditations on Measurement:
    5. Biology in a darkened room
    6. Physics in a darkened room
    7. Subtle is the Lord
    8. A Quaker mathematician
    9. Richardson on war
    Part III. The Pleasures of Computation:
    10. Some classic algorithms
    11. Some modern algorithms
    12. Deeper matters
    13. Enigma
    14. The Poles
    15. Bletchley
    16. Echoes
    Part IV. The Pleasures of Thought:
    17. Time and chance
    18. Two mathematics lessons
    19. Last thoughts
    Appendix A. Further reading
    Appendix B. Sources
    Appendix C. Some notations

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