The Joy of x A Guided Tour of Math from One to Infinity A world class mathematician and regular contributor to the New York Times hosts a delightful tour of the greatest ideas of math revealing how it connects to literature philosophy law medicine art

  • Title: The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity
  • Author: Steven H. Strogatz
  • ISBN: 9780547517650
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A world class mathematician and regular contributor to the New York Times hosts a delightful tour of the greatest ideas of math, revealing how it connects to literature, philosophy, law, medicine, art, business, even pop culture in ways we never imaginedDid O.J do it How should you flip your mattress to get the maximum wear out of it How does Google search the Internet A world class mathematician and regular contributor to the New York Times hosts a delightful tour of the greatest ideas of math, revealing how it connects to literature, philosophy, law, medicine, art, business, even pop culture in ways we never imaginedDid O.J do it How should you flip your mattress to get the maximum wear out of it How does Google search the Internet How many people should you date before settling down Believe it or not, math plays a crucial role in answering all of these questions and .Math underpins everything in the cosmos, including us, yet too few of us understand this universal language well enough to revel in its wisdom, its beauty and its joy This deeply enlightening, vastly entertaining volume translates math in a way that is at once intelligible and thrilling Each trenchant chapter of The Joy of x offers an aha moment, starting with why numbers are so helpful, and progressing through the wondrous truths implicit in , the Pythagorean theorem, irrational numbers, fat tails, even the rigors and surprising charms of calculus Showing why he has won awards as a professor at Cornell and garnered extensive praise for his articles about math for the New York Times, Strogatz presumes of his readers only curiosity and common sense And he rewards them with clear, ingenious, and often funny explanations of the most vital and exciting principles of his discipline.Whether you aced integral calculus or aren t sure what an integer is, you ll find profound wisdom and persistent delight in The Joy of x.

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    1. Steven H. Strogatz

      Steven Strogatz is the Schurman Professor of applied mathematics at Cornell University A renowned teacher and one of the world s most highly cited mathematicians, he has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio s Radiolab Among his honors are MIT s highest teaching prize, membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a lifetime achievement award for communication of math to the general public, awarded by the four major American mathematical societies He also wrote a popular New York Times online column, The Elements of Math, which formed the basis for his new book, The Joy of x He lives in Ithaca, New York with his wife and two daughters.

    704 thoughts on “The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity”

    1. I will be the first to admit that I'm not good at math. Despite taking Higher Maths in IB (I just practiced so many times that I somehow knew how to solve the question), I still didn't understand a lot of concepts. And despite all the quotes about how math was beautiful in my textbooks, I still just don't get it. And I suspect that this problem isn't unique to me a lone. So, I was really intrigued by the promise of this book to be a guided (and fun) tour of math.The Joy of X, unlike what the nam [...]


    2. Are you the type of person who spent hours on the bus on the way to school working out multiplication tables for prime numbers only? When you're having sex do you find that the earth may not move, but images of numbers and mathematical symbols appear in your head when things are going great? OK, I'm getting a little too personal here, but if you're a numbers geek, you'll love this book.Steven Strogatz writes in a very chatty, entertaining style about the nature of mathematics, from number theory [...]


    3. I wish I could have read this book during that hell year of first year university, when I barely passed calculus despite devoting more time to studying it then the other 4 subjects combined (or maybe it just seemed like that -- very long nights in the library, writing out reams of papers of formulae, the table strewn with my hair and tears).Now sufficient time has passed and, like childbirth, I forget the pain and remember only those good moments, the eureka! ones.This isn't a book for geeks and [...]


    4. You wouldn’t know it, but maths permeates everything we do and touch. Your smartphone would not be able to operate without maths, nor would the internet. You couldn’t buy anything risk free if we didn’t have the primes. Things as unlikely as the correct time to flip a mattress, the number of people to date before settling down, the best path from A to B, that if you look hard enough you can see sine waves everywhere all have some element of maths in them. He does manage to take a subject t [...]


    5. Struggling through several years of higher math in engineering school in the 1960s didn't engender a love of mathematics in me. It wasn't until years later that I began to value the beauty and elegance of mathematics. A big part of my appreciation came from mathematicians like Steven Strogatz who wrote about math for readers who appreciated the concepts but had no desire to wade into a morass of complex equations.In The Joy of x, Strogatz has done a masterful job as our tour guide through the el [...]


    6. Всегда белой завистью завидовал тем, кто на "ты" с математикой. Мне "царица наук" всегда давалась очень трудно, требуя больших затрат энергии и выдающихся усилий моска))) Я прошёл долгий путь от слабеньких "троечек" по алгебре в старших классах до преподавания методов мат.ста [...]


    7. If you feel that Mathematics is not for you, please read this book. Strogatz deftly guides the reader through some of the most important ideas in the field, using easily digestible examples. I was able to grasp concepts that eluded me all through graduate school with ease.Most people think Math is about numbers, but it is much more than that. When used properly it is more akin to a language or a philosophy, a way to understand the world we can see and the many worlds we cannot. Some scenarios ar [...]


    8. I applaud you, Stephen Strogatz, for truly putting the joy back in math! My life might have been very different if I had read this book in high school. Biology was my passion, but I avoided the field because of the math courses required for a bachelor of science degree.My father was a calculus professor and he made math interesting and approachable. He died when I was 13 and afterwards numbers became a challenge because my teachers never explained them with flair and passion. My dad said, "If yo [...]


    9. A wonderful book of short essays displaying the elegance of math in a grand and easily digestible format. This book started life as a series of columns in the New York Times as an introduction to and has been expanded on a bit. Each chapter is the length of a typical column, and while the book is by no means comprehensive, there are copious notes and reading lists in the back should one want to explore topics further.The book starts with basics like numbers and addition and continues right on to [...]


    10. I know what "i" (make that italics) does to something in a practical manner now!!!! Took me twenty-eight years to make it 30 minutes into a book that explained it to me but I KNOW!! WooohoooooReally, I loved reading this book, it was a super fun journey. Now, I'm going to sit down and make a mobius strip with my five-year old daughter!!(Won this off of first reads btw. Going to purchase two more copies for Christmas presents. So fun!)


    11. I love this book. My only regret is that I couldn't read it in high school, when I was *actually* struggling with math. At this point (having degrees & math & math education & have spent over a decade teaching the subject and/or teachers of it), I read it more from the point of view of, "How could I use pieces of this with students and/or the teachers that I work with?"In these 30 short essays--a couple of which I had read before in his Time column--Strogatz begins at the beginning ( [...]


    12. Rare is the occasion to have math thrown at your brain in a direct and pedagogical manner after, say, college calculus. The Joy of X is math made quick and fun, replete with dad jokes, groaners that make an appearance at the close of each chapter. Typically, they reference a social touchstone that is out of date or just sort of lame. After a certain point, though, their earnestness infected my mind and I began to unironically enjoy them, even attempting to anticipate when, where, and in what for [...]


    13. This book, written in a plain and enjoyable form, with humoristic touchs ,is aimed to people with little background in mathematics , but that have some interest in its concepts and play roled in everyday life.I think that the book fulfil its goals, from elementary arithmetic till goup theory ,crossing by elementary notions of euclidean geometry in special Pitagoras theorem,(it gives two demostrations ,grafic and algebraic),elementary trigonometry (sine function),conics and it properties,a curiou [...]


    14. Pretty dull. The book's structure parallel's that of a standard math education, and offers little added value. I wanted a greater appreciation of math's beauty, instead I god a folksy re-hash over concepts I was generally aware of, and competent and applying (the exceptions being topology, group theory, the hilbert hotel, and a few other odds and ends).In the end, it wasn't worth my time.Disclaimer: I have a math minor, so I know only enough math to be marginally dangerous.


    15. Considering how horrible I am at Calculus, it's surprising how much I enjoyed this book :|Brilliantly written and covers so many aspects brilliantly, all the way from "kindergarten" math to "University-level" mathematics using a wide variety of interesting examples and tidbits of humour.The book ended up being a bit of a combination of a mathematics introductory and a refresher course without dumbing anything down or making one feel silly for not previously understanding the topic.There are also [...]


    16. If I could give half stars, this would get 3.5 stars. It was fun to read, but maybe a bit too light and fluffy. I think the purpose of these essays was to skim the surface of a number of ideas though, and the author succeeded at that goal. If you're interested in some different ways to look at math functions, this book is worth the read.


    17. This book is about math, but it doesn't have much math in it. So mostly it's pretty easy to read. It must have been very difficult to write about some complex math ideas for non-mathematicians! For the most part, Strogatz does a good job. There were, however, a few parts where I confess I couldn't be bothered to think hard enough to get through the little bit of math there was and I just skimmed those parts. ;) Other times, I felt that Strogatz lingered too long over an easy point. It's probably [...]


    18. The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity by Steven Strogatz"The Joy of X" is an entertaining introductory guide through the elements of math, from the very basic to the infinity. Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University, Steven Strogatz takes the reader on an amusing ride through some of the more interesting stories behind math concepts. This enjoyable and informative 336-page book is comprised of thirty chapters broken out by the six following main parts: 1. Numbe [...]


    19. In this book Steven Strogatz makes a brief tour of many areas of mathematics. He starts that tour with the concept of natural numbers and approaches many subjects like arithmetics, geometry, trigonometry, algebra, calculus, statistics and so many other subjects in a simple but highly effective way. He didn't want a fat and huge book about maths or calculus for example and instead he preferred to make a simpler book destined to everyone where he makes an introduction to mathematics and explains s [...]


    20. This is a delightful little book on mathematics. One of those rare, wonderful, popular math books. It was actually a gift for my nephew who started his engineering studies. After he was through reading it, I thought I'll give it a try myself! And the book was absolutely worth reading. Strogatz, whom I knew as a pioneer in nonlinear dynamics, chaos and synchronisation, has done a wonderful job of getting people interested in mathematics. The book touches upon some of the most important concepts o [...]


    21. THE JOY OF x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity. (2012). Steven Strogatz. ***. This book is an expanded version of a series of columns the author wrote for The New York Times in 2010 covering essentially the same topics. He goes from simple arithmetic (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), through algebra, geometry, trigonometry, integral and differential calculus, to advanced topics in mathematics. What he tries to do is explain the principles behind the operations in e [...]


    22. Comecei o ano bem.É um livro pra dar de presente a qualquer um que diga que acha Matemática difícil ou que não entende. Ele assume que tu não sabe nem o que é o assunto e conta a utilidade de várias subáreas, ensinando o básico e gerando curiosidade. Muitos dos conceitos que tive que aprender fazendo centenas de exercícios e quebrando a cabeça são explicados de formas extremamente didáticas.


    23. This Advance Reading Copy was free to me from GoodReads. This was a lot of fun to read; but I did not find that it taught me much about math. It did make some of the things I wonder about a little clearer. I just don't get math! Sorry!Thanks for letting me read this one.


    24. Q: clue to the ubiquity of e. It ofthen arises when something changes through the cumulative effect of many tiny events.


    25. This was an enjoyable read and probably burgeoning on just as cool and entertaining as a book about math can be (I love you math, but). I definitely found some chapters to be better than others, specifically the ones that brought more of a grander perspective to math's purpose. It makes you take a step back and experience broad mini-epiphanies about something you've been studying for years, and had too much tunnel vision to see on your own. Things like the fact that we don't just integrate becau [...]


    26. I really enjoyed this book. I've always loved math, and was always pretty good at it (although I struggled a bit with Calculus at first year of engineering), but it's always good to refresh basic concepts, and this book was very light, enjoyable and easy to read. The author does a great job on presenting examples of how math applies to our every day life, with very simple and understandable explanations. I would totally recommend this book to anyone struggling with maths, but I also definitely r [...]



    27. A Great Read Even if Math Isn't Your ThingAs a math teacher, I sometimes think we do a disservice to our students by teaching theory and then introducing applications. This book gives math a purpose in real life first and then explains the details. I thoroughly enjoyed it!


    28. I was a math major in college. I chose it for a major because the concepts of numbers and the relationships in the study of number theory fascinated me. Strictly speaking, I never had a job where I had to do any higher math, solve a quadratic equation, discuss or teach functions, trig, geometry, etc. But it did strengthen my ability to reason, look at ideas in the abstract and conceptualize a problem in real terms. It certainly helped me a lot in working with software development in one of my pr [...]


    29. This is a charming book that attempts to provide an understanding of Mathematics for pretty much anyone.As one who has a strong background in Mathematics, I found it an easy read. I found it to be quite interesting, despite my already knowing quite a bit about the topics being covered. The writing style is light, engaging, even charming, and includes a lot of items that relate the Mathematics to the real world (something I find too many Mathematics courses seldom do)Of course, as someone with a [...]


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