RACHEL THOMAS is the co-editor of Plus magazine, which publishes articles from the world's top mathematicians and science writers on topics as diverse as art, medicine, cosmology and sport. Before joining Plus, she was a maths consultant in Australia working for government and industry. She obtained her MSc in semigroup theory in 1998 from the University of Western Australia.
A rapid tour of the mysterious world of maths
RACHEL THOMAS AND MARIANNE FREIBERGER
In this concise and captivating volume, two of the UK's rising stars in maths popularization reveal the numbers, mathematical discoveries, oddities and personalities that have shaped the way we understand the world around us.
Along the way they uncover the multiple meanings of numbers and their often mystifying uses and resonances, with each chapter telling an intriguing story about a particular number – including why 12 is a sublime number, why 13 is unlucky and 7 lucky, and how imaginary numbers hold up buildings.
Packed with quirky, informative tales, this book will do for maths what The Etymologicon did for the English language.
Publication: Autumn 2014
Length: 190 pages
World rights: Quercus
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