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  • The Theory That Would Not Die

    How Bayes' Rule Cracked the Enigma Code, Hunted Down Russian Submarines, & Emerged Triumphant from Two Centuries of C

    by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne

    "This account of how a once reviled theory, Baye’s rule, came to underpin modern life is both approachable and engrossing" (Sunday Times).A New York Times Book Review Editors’ ChoiceBayes' rule appears to be a straightforward, one-line theorem: by updating our initial beliefs with objective new information, we get a new and improved belief. To its adherents, it is an elegant statement about ... Read more

    $20.23 AUD

  • Alan Turing

    The Enigma Man

    by Nigel Cawthorne

    Spring 1940: The Battle of the Atlantic rages. Vulnerable merchant convoys are at the mercy of German U-boats controlled by a cunning system of coded messages created by a machine called Enigma. Only one man believes that these codes can be broken - mathematician and Bletchley Park cryptanalyst Alan Turing.Winston Churchill later described Turing's success in breaking the Enigma codes as the ... Read more

    $5.99 AUD

  • The Story of Mathematics

    by Anne Rooney

    In order to understand the universe you must know the language in which it is written. And that language is mathematics.' Galileo (1564-1642) For hundreds of thousands of years, we have sought order in the apparent chaos of the universe. Mathematics has been our most valuable tool in that search, uncovering the patterns and rules that govern our world and beyond. The Story of Mathematics traces ... Read more

    $3.99 AUD

  • The Great Mathematicians

    Unravelling the Mysteries of the Universe

    by Raymond Flood and 1 more

    Why did Florence Nightingale introduce pie charts? How did Lewis Carroll regard Pythagoras? Who learned calculus from her nursery wallpaper?Spanning from the ancient world to the modern age, The Great Mathematicians tells fascinating and unusual tales of the men and women who transformed mathematics. We meet the mathematician who knew eight languages by the time he was 11, the one who was sent to ... Read more

    $1.99 AUD

  • Humble Pi

    A Comedy of Maths Errors

    by Matt Parker

    **The First Ever Maths Book to be a No.1 Bestseller**'Wonderful ... superb' Daily MailWhat makes a bridge wobble when it's not meant to? Billions of dollars mysteriously vanish into thin air? A building rock when its resonant frequency matches a gym class leaping to Snap's 1990 hit I've Got The Power? The answer is maths. Or, to be precise, what happens when maths goes wrong in the real world.As ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • Alex's Adventures in Numberland

    Dispatches from the Wonderful World of Mathematics

    by Alex Bellos

    The world of maths can seem mind-boggling, irrelevant and, let's faceit, boring. This groundbreaking book reclaims maths from the geeks.Mathematical ideas underpin just about everything in our lives: from thesurprising geometry of the 50p piece to how probability can help youwin in any casino. In search of weird and wonderful mathematicalphenomena, Alex Bellos travels across the globe and meets ... Read more

    $15.72 AUD

  • Complete Mathematics

    A step by step introduction to the mathematical essentials

    by Trevor Johnson and 1 more

    series Complete Languages
    Are you looking for a clear, accessible guide to mathematics that can help you brush up your skills and rediscover the key concepts and techniques? Complete Mathematics provides an invaluable, step-by-step introduction to the subject. Packed full of worked examples and useful exercises, it will guide you through the essentials quickly and easily, giving you the knowledge you need to gain maths ... Read more

    $13.99 AUD

  • Radical Uncertainty

    Decision-making for an unknowable future

    by Mervyn King and 1 more

    **LONGLISTED FOR THE FT/**MCKINSEY BUSINESS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2020'A brilliant new book'Daily Telegraph'Well written . . . and often entertaining'The Times'A sparkling analysis'Prospect'Entertaining and enlightening . . . This is a necessary critique and they make it with verve, knowledge and a wealth of sto... ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • A Beautiful Mind

    by Sylvia Nasar

    A Beautiful Mind is Sylvia Nasar's award-winning biography about the mystery of the human mind, the triumph over incredible adversity, and the healing power of love.At the age of thirty-one, John Nash, mathematical genius, suffered a devastating breakdown and was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Yet after decades of leading a ghost-like existence, he was to re-emerge to win a Nobel Prize and world ... Read more

    $13.63 AUD

  • Infinite Powers

    The Story of Calculus - The Language of the Universe

    by Steven Strogatz

    Shortlisted for the Royal Society Science Book Prize 2019A magisterial history of calculus (and the people behind it) from one of the world's foremost mathematicians.This is the captivating story of mathematics' greatest ever idea: calculus. Without it, there would be no computers, no microwave ovens, no GPS, and no space travel. But before it gave modern man almost infinite powers, calculus was ... Read more

    $12.64 AUD

  • The Maths Handbook

    Everyday Maths Made Simple

    by Richard Elwes

    This is the perfect introduction for those who have a lingering fear of maths. If you think that maths is difficult, confusing, dull or just plain scary, then The Maths Handbook is your ideal companion.Covering all the basics including fractions, equations, primes, squares and square roots, geometry and fractals, Dr Richard Elwes will lead you gently towards a greater understanding of this ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • Pythagoras' Revenge

    A Mathematical Mystery

    by Arturo Sangalli

    The celebrated mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras left no writings. But what if he had and the manuscript was never found? Where would it be located? And what information would it reveal? These questions are the inspiration for the mathematical mystery novel Pythagoras' Revenge. Suspenseful and instructive, Pythagoras' Revenge weaves fact, fiction, mathematics, computer science, and ancient ... Read more

    $24.63 AUD

  • A Beautiful Question

    Finding Nature's Deep Design

    by Frank Wilczek

    In this scientific tour de force, world-class physicist Frank Wilczek argues that beauty is at the heart of the logic of the universe, a principle that has guided his pioneering work in quantum physics. As this book demonstrates, the human quest to find the beauty embodied in the universe connects all scientific pursuit from Pythagoras and Plato on to Galileo and Newton, Maxwell and Einstein. ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Descartes's Secret Notebook

    A True Tale of Mathematics, Mysticism, and the Quest to Understand the Universe

    by Amir D. Aczel

    René Descartes (1596—1650) is one of the towering and central figures in Western philosophy and mathematics. His apothegm “Cogito, ergo sum” marked the birth of the mind-body problem, while his creation of so-called Cartesian coordinates has made our intellectual conquest of physical space possible.But Descartes had a mysterious and mystical side, as well. Almost certainly a member of the occult ... Read more

    $12.42 AUD

  • Euclid's Window

    The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace

    by Leonard Mlodinow

    Through Euclid's Window, Leonard Mlondinow brilliantly and delightfully leads us on a journey through five revolutions in geometry, from the Greek concept of parallel lines to the latest notions of hyperspace. This new, refreshing, alternative history of maths reveals how simple questions anyone might ask about space in the living room or in some other galaxy have been the hidden engine of science ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Mathematics the Truth

    ‘Moving mathematics teaching into the age of quantum mechanics and relativity.’

    by Malcolm Cameron

    ‘Mathematics the Truth: Moving mathematics teaching into the age of quantum mechanics and relativity’ by Malcolm Cameron“Serious, light-hearted, insight.”“Shakes mathematics teaching icons …”“Rescues mathematics from a black hole.”Currently mathematics is taught like a Latin, without motivation, restricted to the period from Euclid in the BC to the Renaissance.This thinking degrades mathematics ... Read more

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  • What Is Mathematics?:An Elementary Approach to Ideas and Methods

    An Elementary Approach to Ideas and Methods

    by Richard Courant and 2 more

    For more than two thousand years a familiarity with mathematics has been regarded as an indispensable part of the intellectual equipment of every cultured person. Today, unfortunately, the traditional place of mathematics in education is in grave danger. The teaching and learning of mathematics has degenerated into the realm of rote memorization, the outcome of which leads to satisfactory formal ... Read more

    $24.85 AUD

  • Math and the Mona Lisa

    The Art and Science of Leonardo da Vinci

    by Bulent Atalay

    Leonardo da Vinci was one of history's true geniuses, equally brilliant as an artist, scientist, and mathematician. Readers of The Da Vinci Code were given a glimpse of the mysterious connections between math, science, and Leonardo's art. Math and the Mona Lisa picks up where The Da Vinci Code left off, illuminating Leonardo's life and work to uncover connections that, until now, have been known ... Read more

    $16.05 AUD

  • Sync

    The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order

    by Steven Strogatz

    'SYNC' IS A STORY OF A DAZZLING KIND OF ORDER IN THE UNIVERSE, THE HARMONY THAT COMES FROM CYCLES IN SYNC. THE TENDENCY TO SYCHRONIZE IS ONE OF THE MOST FAR- REACHING DRIVES IN ALL OF NATURE. IT EXTENDS FROM PEOPLE TO PLANETS, FROM ANIMALS TO ATOMS. IN 'SYNC' PROFESSOR STEVEN STROGATZ CONSIDERS A RANGE OF APPLICATIONS - HUMAN SLEEP AND CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS, MENSTRUAL SYNCHRONY, INSECT OUTBREAKS, ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Great Mathematicians

    [Fully Illustrated]

    by Robin Wilson and 1 more

    Mathematics pervades our daily lives. It is intimately involved whenever one starts a car, switches on the television, flies on a plane, forecasts the weather, books a holiday on the internet, programmes a computer, navigates heavy traffic, analyses statistical data, or seeks a cure for a disease. Our credit cards and the nation's defence secrets are kept secure by encryption methods based on ... Read more

    $3.99 AUD

  • Jung: A Complete Introduction: Teach Yourself

    by Phil Goss

    Jung: A Complete Introduction is designed to give you everything you need to succeed, all in one place. It covers the key areas that students are expected to be confident in, outlining the basics in clear, jargon-free English and providing added-value features like summaries of key books, and even lists of questions you might be asked in your seminar or exam.The book uses a structure that mirrors ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • Is God a Mathematician?

    by Mario Livio

    Bestselling author and astrophysicist Mario Livio examines the lives and theories of history’s greatest mathematicians to ask how—if mathematics is an abstract construction of the human mind—it can so perfectly explain the physical world.Nobel Laureate Eugene Wigner once wondered about “the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics” in the formulation of the laws of nature. Is God a Mathematician? ... Read more

    $18.99 AUD

  • Men of Mathematics

    by E.T. Bell

    From one of the greatest minds in contemporary mathematics, Professor E.T. Bell, comes a witty, accessible, and fascinating look at the beautiful craft and enthralling history of mathematics.Men of Mathematics provides a rich account of major mathematical milestones, from the geometry of the Greeks through Newton’s calculus, and on to the laws of probability, symbolic logic, and the fourth ... Read more

    $9.99 AUD

  • The Irrationals

    A Story of the Numbers You Can't Count On

    by Julian Havil

    The ancient Greeks discovered them, but it wasn't until the nineteenth century that irrational numbers were properly understood and rigorously defined, and even today not all their mysteries have been revealed. In The Irrationals, the first popular and comprehensive book on the subject, Julian Havil tells the story of irrational numbers and the mathematicians who have tackled their challenges, ... Read more

    $24.63 AUD