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Author : Alexander Masters
ISBN : 9780345532213
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Alexander Masters tripped over his first book subject on a Cambridge sidewalk, and the result was the multi-award-winning bestseller Stuart: A Life Backwards. His second, he’s found under his floorboards. One of the greatest mathematical prodigies of the twentieth century, Simon Norton stomps around Alexander’s basement in semidarkness, dodging between stalagmites of bus timetables and engorged plastic bags, eating tinned kippers stirred into packets of Bombay mix. Simon is exploring a theoretical puzzle so complex and critical to our understanding of the universe that it is known as the Monster. It looks like a sudoku table—except a sudoku table has nine columns of numbers. The Monster has 808017424794512875886459904961710757005754368000000000 columns. But that’s not the whole story. What’s inside the decaying sports bag he never lets out of his clutches? Why does he hurtle out of the house in the middle of the night? And—good God!—what is that noxious smell that creeps up the stairwell? Grumpy, poignant, comical—more intimate than either the author or his quarry intended—Simon: The Genius in My Basement is the story of a friendship and a pursuit. Part biography, part memoir, and part popular science, it is a study of the frailty of brilliance, the measures of happiness, and Britain’s most uncooperative egghead eccentric. From the Hardcover edition.

Genius At Play

Author : Siobhan Roberts
ISBN : 9781620405949
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Winner of the 2017 JPBM Communications Award for Expository and Popular Books. “A delightful meta-biography--playful indeed--of a brilliant iconoclast.” --James Gleick, author of The Information John Horton Conway is a singular mathematician with a lovely loopy brain. He is Archimedes, Mick Jagger, Salvador Dali, and Richard Feynman all rolled into one--he boasts a rock star's charisma, a slyly bent sense of humor, a polymath's promiscuous curiosity, and an insatiable compulsion to explain everything about the world to everyone in it. At Cambridge, Conway wrestled with "Monstrous Moonshine," discovered the aptly named surreal numbers, and invented the cult classic Game of Life--more than just a cool fad, Life demonstrates how simplicity generates complexity and provides an analogy for mathematics and the entire universe. As a "mathemagician" at Princeton, he used ropes, dice, pennies, coat hangers, even the occasional Slinky, as props to extend his winning imagination and share his many nerdish delights. He granted Roberts full access to his idiosyncrasies and intellect both, though not without the occasional grumble: "Oh hell," he'd say. "You're not going to put that in the book. Are you?!?"

Why Is There Philosophy Of Mathematics At All

Author : Ian Hacking
ISBN : 9781107050174
Genre : Mathematics
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Hacking explores how mathematics became possible for the human race, and how it ensured our status as the dominant species.

Count Us In

Author : Gareth Ffowc Roberts
ISBN : 9781783167975
Genre : Mathematics
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Mathematics, like language, is a universal experience. Every society counts and is empowered by its ability to count and to measure. The mathematical processes developed within various cultures differ widely, and Count Us In explores these cultural links, drawing examples from the author’s personal experiences. The process of counting, like the process of communicating with words, is common to all societies worldwide but, just as there is a rich variety of languages, so too is there a rich variety in methods of counting and of recording numbers – methods that have developed over centuries to meet the needs of various groups of people. The narrative of this book takes the form of a collection of short stories based on the author’s personal experience, linked together by a number of sub-themes. As a popular book on mathematics and on the personalities who created that mathematics, there are no prerequisites beyond the reader’s rudimentary and possibly hazy recollection of primary-school mathematics and a curiosity to know more.

The Literary Review

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ISBN : UCLA:L0106157241
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Tinsley S Magazine Conducted By E Yates

Author : Edmund Hodgson Yates
ISBN : OXFORD:555012919
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Alexis The Icing On The Cupcake

Author : Coco Simon
ISBN : 9781481404709
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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The Cupcake Club is thrilled to serve their sweets at a huge party—but can Alexis get over her growing pains before she sees her crush? Alexis is excited about the latest Cupcake Club job—it’s a huge order for a neighbor’s BBQ/pool party. Not only will the CC make a lot of money, but Matt—Alexis’s super crush—will be there! But when Alexis goes to the mall with her friends, suddenly nothing fits her. Clothes in her usual size are too short, but when she goes up a size, everything is too big. What’s going on? Can she find an outfit that makes her feel as awesome on the outside as she is on the inside?

Too Many Murders

Author : Colleen McCullough
ISBN : 9781476767635
Genre : Fiction
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Master of suspense and bestselling author Colleen McCullough returns with this novel starring Carmine Delmonico, set in the late sixties in a sleepy New England college town—now in paperback. • Loyal fans: McCullough has an excellent track record across genres, and this intricately plotted page-turner represents some of her best work. The second installment in a three-book crime series, Too Many Murders features the newly married Carmine and Desdemona of On, Off, along with a new cast of richly drawn characters. • Rich, historical detail: McCullough paints a portrait of a quintessential New England university town during the 1960s. From the stately buildings of the campus to the town’s greasy diner, from gender politics to Cold War tensions, McCullough brings to life a period that many of her readers remember. • Murder in a small town: Twelve murders have taken place on one day. All are different, and no victim is connected to any of the others. At the same time, Delmonico finds himself pitted against the mysterious Ulysses, a spy giving armaments secrets to the Russians. Are the murders and espionage somehow linked?

New York

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ISBN : UOM:39015078233676
Genre : New York (N.Y.)
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Author : Haven Kimmel
ISBN : 9781416572848
Genre : Fiction
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Living a highly functional if impoverished existence after running away from her abusive home, unconventional college senior Tracey Sue is forced to face her painful past when she falls in love with a much-older man, prompting her to re-experience a traumatic suppressed memory that makes her realize that much of her present life is a carefully constructed illusion. 40,000 first printing.

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