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The Math of Life and Death: 7 Mathematical Principles That Shape Our Lives

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A brilliant and entertaining mathematician illuminates seven mathematical principles that shape our lives.

“Kit Yates shows how our private and social lives are suffused by mathematics. Ignorance may bring tragedy or farce. This is an exquisitely interesting book. It’s a deeply serious one too and, for those like me who have little math, it’s delightfully readable.” —Ian M
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by Scribner (first published September 5th 2019)
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David Wineberg
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My problem with books on mathematics is never remembering the formulas, even from one chapter to the next. OK, and being bored with them is a factor too. Kit Yates solved these problems by not using any formulas, or even much math in his delightful (when not frightening) The Math of Life and Death. His secret is really simple: he tells stories. The result is always engaging, often infuriating and sometimes horrifying. We defy the math at our peril.

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Jeff
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No Formulas. Just Numb3rs. In this book about how math shapes our lives, British math professor Yates doesn't take us into the algebra, geometry, and even trigonometry that we all use daily - whether we realize it or not. Instead, he takes an approach similar to the now decade old US television show Numb3rs, starring David Krumholtz and Rob Morrow, wherein he shows applications of higher level mathematics in fields such as epidemiology, medicine, law, journalism, elections, and several others. Y ...more
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Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it
If your in to math and how it can effect your life this is the book for you.
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