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Towing Icebergs Falling Dominoes: And Other Adventures in Applied Mathematics

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Although we seldom think of it, our lives are played out in a world of numbers. Such common activities as throwing baseballs, skipping rope, growing flowers, playing football, measuring savings accounts, and many others are inherently mathematical. So are more speculative problems that are simply fun to ponder in themselves--such as the best way to score Olympic events.
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Paperback, 328 pages
Published July 21st 2002 by Princeton University Press (first published 1998)
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Maurizio Codogno
Una precisazione fondamentale. Questo non è un libro di matematica ricreativa. Avrei anche qualche dubbio a definirlo un libro di divulgazione matematica. Lo è nel senso che dimostra come la si può usare per calcolare cosa succede nelle circostanze che possono o no capitare nella vita di tutti i giorni: perché un bravo golfista riesce a colpire una pallina e farla inizialmente salire con una parabola diretta verso l'alto, o cosa bisognerebbe fare per portare degli iceberg fino a San Francisco pe ...more
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There are several books about recreational mathematics (puzzles) and a smaller number on the history of mathematics. This book and its sequel are the only two popularizations of applied mathematics I have come across. The author takes what might start as a simple question (moving something from a to b) and adds in complexities to get a more realistic problem (towing an iceberg from a to b, including the effects of friction and melting). As you can imagine, few of the equations look much like "ra ...more
Peter Zoll
Oct 02, 2012 Peter Zoll rated it really liked it
Just as the title proclaims, a mathematical reference book on many calculations that define many of the major inventions and ideas of the time.

If you're into the math, this is a fascinating, wandering book. It points out just haw much mathematics can do -- if you have the patience for it.

Definitely for the nerds among us.
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