Math Mutation Classics

Exploring Interesting, Fun and Weird Corners of Mathematics

Authors: Seligman, Erik

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  • Anyone with an appreciation of math will enjoy this book
  • This is book can open the minds of young people to a different way of observing the world and using mathematics
  • The book does not require any specific math training. Some is directed at a younger audience and some at those with more mathematical experience
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About this book

Use math in unique ways to analyze things you observe in life and use proof to attain the unexpected. There is quite a wide diversity of topics here and so all age levels and ability levels will enjoy the discussions. You'll see how the author's unique viewpoint puts a mathematical spin on everything from politicians to hippos. Along the way, you will enjoy the different point of view and hopefully it will open you up to a slightly more out-of-the-box way of thinking. 

Did you know that sometimes 2+2 equals 5? That wheels don't always have to be round? That you can mathematically prove there is a hippopotamus in your basement? Or how to spot four-dimensional beings as they pass through your kitchen? If not, then you need to read this book! Math Mutation Classics is a collection of Erik Seligman's blog articles from Math Mutation at MathMutation.com. Erik has been creating podcasts and converting them in his blog for many years. Now, he has collected what he believes to be the most interesting among them, and has edited and organized them into a book that is often thought provoking, challenging, and fun.  
What You Will Learn

  • View the world and problems in different ways through math.
  • Apply mathematics to things you thought unimaginable.
  • Abstract things that are not taught in school.  

Who this Book is For 
Teenagers, college level students, and adults who can gain from the many different ways of looking at problems and feed their interest in mathematics. 

About the authors

Erik Seligman is a Formal Verification Architect at Intel Corporation, where he has been an engineer for over two decades. Erik has hosted the Math Mutation podcast since 2007. He was recently lead author of the well-received technical book, Formal Verification: An Essential Toolkit for Modern VLSI Design (Morgan Kaufmann, 2015). He earned a M.S. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon and a B.A. in mathematics at Princeton. He also has served since 2013 as an elected director on the board of the Hillsboro School District, the 4th largest K-12 school district in Oregon.

Reviews

“The book should be accessible to all reasonably numerate people, and provide pleasant browsing even for the expert. Readers who enjoyed Martin Gardner’s classic Mathematical games columns will probably enjoy this book; it should definitely be in junior high school, high school, public and university libraries.” (Robert Dawson, zbMATH 1446.00005, 2020)

“Seligman has written a mathematical book to be enjoyed by a wide audience. … If you are high school teacher and want to motivate your students … this text is for you. If you are a college teacher and want to spruce up your lectures with interesting … mathematical facts, this book is for you. Or, if you are a student and want to expand your knowledge of interesting applications of mathematics, then this book is also for you.” (Computing Reviews, June, 2017)

“Seligman looks beyond the strict boundaries of mathematics, but his topics are very well chosen and he looks at them unable to deny his mathematics and computer science roots. The leitmotifs of the chapters include geometry, infinity, dimensions, skepticism, arts, politics, finance, paradoxes, the mind, life, and some others. Thus the variety is very diverse. … I think this is a wonderful collection of columns that will be appealing to any reader. … The whole collection it warmly recommended.” (Adhemar Bultheel, European Mathematical Society, euro-math-soc.eu, May, 2016)


Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Simple Surprises

    Pages 1-12

    Seligman, Erik

  • Into the Infinite

    Pages 13-24

    Seligman, Erik

  • Getting Geometric

    Pages 25-39

    Seligman, Erik

  • Deeper Dimensions

    Pages 41-54

    Seligman, Erik

  • Understanding the Universe

    Pages 55-66

    Seligman, Erik

Buy this book

eBook 19,99 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4842-1892-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
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Softcover 25,99 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4842-1891-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Math Mutation Classics
Book Subtitle
Exploring Interesting, Fun and Weird Corners of Mathematics
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Apress
Copyright Holder
Erik Seligman
eBook ISBN
978-1-4842-1892-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4842-1892-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4842-1891-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVIII, 213
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
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