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How Not To Be Wrong
Author: Jordan Ellenberg

ISBN: 9781846146787
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 468
Published: 3 June 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.1 x 4.2
Description:
The maths we learn in school often seems like a mysterious and impenetrable set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. In How Not to Be Wrong, acclaimed mathematician Jordan Ellenberg shows us just how wrong this view is: in fact, maths touches everything we do, allowing us to see the hidden structures beneath the messy and chaotic surface of our daily lives. It's a science of not being wrong, worked out through centuries of hard work and argument.

Through supremely witty storytelling and wry insight, Ellenberg reveals the mathematician's method of analysing life, from the commonplace to the cosmic, showing us which numbers to trust, which ones to ignore, and when to change the equation entirely.

How early should you get to the airport? Why do tall parents have shorter children? What's the best way to get rich playing the lottery? How should you choose a mutual fund? And does Facebook know you're a terrorist? How Not to Be Wrong presents the surprising revelations behind these and many more questions, using the mathematician's hard-won insights - minus the jargon.

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