Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors

10 August 2020 | By Matt Parker | Filed in: mathematics.

The author explains how the misuse of math creates problems Mathematical errors often include mistaking units pounds for kilograms, feet for meters , and misunderstanding probabilistic and statistical statements Parker also presents examples of users of computer software not fully understanding t

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

10 August 2020 | By Stacy McAnulty | Filed in: mathematics.

Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning She doesn t remember it, but it changed her life forever The zap gave her genius level math skills, and ever since, Lucy has been homeschooled Now, at 12 years old, she s technically ready for college She just has to pass 1 test middle school n nLucy s

The Man Who Solved the Market: How Jim Simons Launched the Quant Revolution

10 August 2020 | By Gregory Zuckerman | Filed in: mathematics.

Gregory Zuckerman, the bestselling author of The Greatest Trade Ever and The Frackers, answers the question investors have been asking for decades How did Jim Simons do it Shortlisted for the Financial Times McKinsey Business Book of the Year AwardJim Simons is the greatest money maker in modern fi

Introducing Game Theory: A Graphic Guide (Introducing...)

10 August 2020 | By Ivan Pastine | Filed in: mathematics.

n When should you adopt an aggressive business strategy How do we make decisions when we don t have all the information What makes international environmental cooperation possible nGame theory is the study of how we make a decision when the outcome of our moves depends on the decisions of someone

The Science of Sci-Fi: From Warp Speed to Interstellar Travel

10 August 2020 | By Erin Macdonald | Filed in: mathematics.

Science fiction allows listeners to go places they can only dream of seeing other worlds, distant stars, entirely different galaxies While not every story is concerned with the hard science behind space travel and other futuristic ventures, fiction can give listeners an amazing insight into what pe

Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction

10 August 2020 | By Philip E. Tetlock | Filed in: mathematics.

A n New York Times nBestsellerAn Economist Best Book of 2015 The most important book on decision making since Daniel Kahneman s Thinking, Fast and Slow Jason Zweig, The Wall Street Journal Everyone would benefit from seeing further into the future, whether buying stocks, crafting policy, launch

The Rules of Contagion: Why Things Spread - and Why They Stop

10 August 2020 | By Adam Kucharski | Filed in: mathematics.

A deadly virus suddenly explodes into the population A political movement gathers pace, and then quickly vanishes An idea takes off like wildfire, changing our world forever We live in a world that s interconnected than ever before Our lives are shaped by outbreaks of disease, of misinfor

Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms

10 August 2020 | By Hannah Fry | Filed in: mathematics.

When it comes to artificial intelligence, we either hear of a paradise on earth or of our imminent extinction It s time we stand face to digital face with the true powers and limitations of the algorithms that already automate important decisions in healthcare, transportation, crime, and commerce.

Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe

10 August 2020 | By Steven H. Strogatz | Filed in: mathematics.

Without calculus, we wouldn t have cell phones, TV, GPS, or ultrasound We wouldn t have unraveled DNA or discovered Neptune or figured out how to put 5,000 songs in your pocket n nThough many of us were scared away from this essential, engrossing subject in high school and college, Steven Strogatz

Genius: The Game

10 August 2020 | By Leopoldo Gout | Filed in: mathematics.

Trust no one Every camera is an eye Every microphone an ear Find me and we can stop him together n nThe Game Get ready for Zero Hour as 200 geniuses from around the world go head to head in a competition hand devised by India s youngest CEO and visionary n nThe Players Rex One of the best program

Secret Coders (Secret Coders, #1)

10 August 2020 | By Gene Luen Yang | Filed in: mathematics.

Welcome to Stately Academy, a school which is just crawling with mysteries to be solved The founder of the school left many clues and puzzles to challenge his enterprising students Using their wits and their growing prowess with coding, Hopper and her friend Eni are going to solve the mystery of S

The Art of Statistics: How to Learn from Data

10 August 2020 | By David Spiegelhalter | Filed in: mathematics.

The definitive guide to statistical thinkingStatistics are everywhere, as integral to science as they are to business, and in the popular media hundreds of times a day In this age of big data, a basic grasp of statistical literacy is important than ever if we want to separate the fact from the

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

10 August 2020 | By Douglas R. Hofstadter | Filed in: mathematics.

Douglas Hofstadter s book is concerned directly with the nature of maps or links between formal systems However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it If life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of the cell,