More stimulating mathematics puzzles from bestselling author Paul Nahin How do technicians repair broken communications cables at the bottom of the ocean without actually seeing them? What's the likelihood of plucking a needle out of a haystack the size of the Earth? And is it possible to use computers to create a universal library of everything ever written or every photo ever taken? These are just some of the intriguing questions that best-selling popular math writer Paul Nahin tackles in Number-Crunching. Through brilliant math ideas and entertaining stories, Nahin demonstrates how odd and unusual math problems can be solved by bringing together basic physics ideas and today's powerful computers. Some of the outcomes discussed are so counterintuitive they will leave readers astonished. Nahin looks at how the art of number-crunching has changed since the advent of computers, and how high-speed technology helps to solve fascinating conundrums such as the three-body, Monte Carlo, leapfrog, and gambler's ruin problems. Along the way, Nahin traverses topics that include algebra, trigonometry, geometry, calculus, number theory, differential equations, Fourier series, electronics, and computers in science fiction. He gives historical background for the problems presented, offers many examples and numerous challenges, supplies MATLAB codes for all the theories discussed, and includes detailed and complete solutions. Exploring the intimate relationship between mathematics, physics, and the tremendous power of modern computers, Number-Crunching will appeal to anyone interested in understanding how these three important fields join forces to solve today's thorniest puzzles.
She invents crazy contraptions, solves big sums, and reads all the books in the library. Although she may look like an ordinary little girl, Ada Lovelace is about to change the world. Zoë Tucker and Rachel Katstaller tell the amazing true story of a little girl who didn't go to school, but grew up to create the world's first computer program.
This book has been written with the non-specialist statistician in mind. The text supplies practical information which will enable the business person to make sound decisions. It provides information on the basic statistical tools available for quantitative decision-making. Unique features: Makes the generation and use of statistical data both accessible and fun, thereby taking the 'sting' out of Mathematics; Focuses on the practical philosophy of exploratory data analysis (EDA) to assist with making justifiable business decisions; Includes notes on economic indicators for use in the bargaining forum and introductory principles of forecasting, regression and correlation; Introduces the notion of chaos theory for use in the field of forecasting.
Are you sharp enough to solve these devious mind-bogglers? These diverting number, geometric, logic, analytical, and story problems--which vary in difficulty from pleasantly puzzling to chew-your-pencil challenging--will test your smarts. Math conundrum connoisseurs will treasure this collection, and everyone who loves a good puzzle will feel a sense of accomplishment by the end of the book.
These 99 number-crunching puzzles are sudoku PLUS! Just like the familiar sudoku that solvers love, the grids go from 1 to 9, and each number appears only once in each row, column, and box. The twist is, you need to do a little arithmetic, too multiplying, dividing, adding, and subtracting according to the signs in the grid. It s a fresh, challenging, and mathy take on the super-popular puzzles."
Test your brain power with over 200 fun number-crunching puzzles from Mensa, the club for clever people. This book features number squares, series puzzles, grid problems and other tricky brain busters. Arranged in three levels of difficulty: Easy - Super Brain -- Medium - Mega Mind -- Hard - Ultra Genius.
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