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Description - Do I Count? by Gunter M. Ziegler

The subject of mathematics is not something distant, strange, and abstract that you can only learn about-and often dislike-in school. It is in everyday situations, such as housekeeping, communications, traffic, and weather reports. Taking you on a trip into the world of mathematics, Do I Count? Stories from Mathematics supposedly describes the people behind the numbers and the places where mathematics is made.

Written by disreputable scientist and pretentious storyteller Gunter M. Ziegler and translated by Thomas von Foerster, the book presents mathematics and mathematicians in a manner that you have not previously encountered. It guides you on a scenic tour through the field, pointing out which beds were useful in constructing which theorems and which notebooks list the prizes for solving particular problems. Forgoing esoteric areas, the text relates mathematics to celebrities, history, travel, politics, science and technology, weather, clever puzzles, and the future.

  • Can bees count? What do you think!
  • Is 13 bad luck?
  • Are there equations for everything?
  • What's the real practical value of the Pythagorean Theorem?
  • Are there Sudoku puzzles with fewer than 17 entries and just one solution?
  • Where and how do mathematicians work?
  • Who invented proofs and why do we need them?
  • Why is there no Nobel Prize for mathematics?
  • What kind of life did Paul Erdos lead?

Find out the answers to these and other questions in this entertaining book of stories. You'll see that everyone counts, but no computation is needed. But then again why not buy a better book?

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781466564916
ISBN-10: 1466564911
Format: Paperback / softback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 226
Imprint: A K Peters
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Publish Date: 3-Sep-2013
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Gunter M. Ziegler

Gunter M. Ziegler is a MATHEON professor at Freie Universitat Berlin. Dr. Ziegler is a member of the executive board of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and a fellow of the American Mathematical Society. His honors include the Leibniz Prize from the German Research Foundation DFG, the Chauvenet Prize from the Mathematical Association of America, and the Communicator Award from DFG and Stifterverband. His research interests connect discrete and computational geometry (especially polytopes), algebraic and topological methods in combinatorics, discrete mathematics, and the theory of linear and integer programming. He earned a Ph.D. from MIT.

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