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The Pleasures of Counting

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The Pleasures of Counting

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Auteur(s) :KORNER
Editeur :CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
Parution :12/1996
Langue :Anglais Anglais
Nbre de pages :544
ISBN :978-0-521-56823-4
Reliure :Paperback
Prix :57.00 € ttc
Disponibilité :Livraison sous 2 à 10 jours ouvrables.

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The Pleasures of Counting

Résumé :

What is the connection between the outbreak of cholera in Victorian Soho, the Battle of the Atlantic, African Eve and the design of anchors? One answer is that they are all examples chosen by Dr Tom Körner to show how a little mathematics can shed light on the world around us, and deepen our understanding of it. Dr Körner, an experienced author, describes a variety of topics which continue to interest professional mathematicians, like him. He does this using relatively simple terms and ideas, yet confronting difficulties (which are often the starting point for new discoveries) and avoiding condescension. If you have ever wondered what it is that mathematicians do, and how they go about it, then read on. If you are a mathematician wanting to explain to others how you spend your working days (and nights), then seek inspiration here.

Table des matières :

Preface
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
Bibliography
Index.

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