MARIANNE FREIBERGER 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 did a PhD and then three years' postdoctoral research in complex dynamics at Queen Mary, University of London. She has been editor-in-chief of the Mathscareers website and given presentations to mathematicians about how to communicate their work to a wider audience, and to journalists about how to deal with maths in the media.
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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