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Figuring It Out



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Figuring It Out by Nuno Crato
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This is a book of mathematical stories - funny and puzzling mathematical stories. They tell of villains who try to steal secrets, heroes who encode their messages, and mathematicians who spend years on end searching for the best way to pile oranges. There are also stories about highway confusions occurring when the rules of Cartesian geometry are ignored, small-change errors due to ignorance of ancient paradoxes, and mistakes in calendars arising from poor numerical approximations. This book is about the power and beauty of mathematics. It shows mathematics in action, explained in a way that everybody can understand. It is a book for enticing youngsters and inspiring teachers. Nuno Crato is a leading science writer and mathematician, whose entertaining essays have won a number of international awards.

Author Biography

Nuno Crato is one of the leading science writers in Portugal. He is a professor of Mathematics at the Technca1 University of Lisbon, current president of the Portuguese Mathematical Society, a researcher in stochastic processes, and a well-known science popularizer. Nuno Crato is the author of several best-selling popular science books and takes a leading role in bringing mathemalics to a wider audience. He is a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines and author of radio and TV programmes. Through these channels he brings regularly and to a vast audience a scientific perspective on a wide variety of current news and events. In 2003 he was awarded the First Prize on the A"Raising Public Awareness on MathematicsA" competition organized by the European Mathematics Society. In 2008 the European Union awarded him a European Science Award (ex-Descartes prize). He won the second place as A"Science Communicator of the YearA".. Previous winners of this prize include Sir David Attenborough and Bill Bryson. The prize statement coined the phrase A"Cratos approachA" for his science popularizing style. The jury characterized his writings as A"easy to read. but also informative and scientifically soundA", stressing that they address topics of A"major public interest [...] dealt with humour, intelligence and a distinct journalistic styleA".
Release date Australia
March 31st, 2010
Country of Publication
Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K
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