Eminent cosmologist Professor John Barrow uses simple mathematics to explain one hundred of life's most perplexing questions...
If people do not believe that mathematics is simple,
it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is.'
John von Neumann
Mathematics can tell you things about the world that can't be learned in any other way. This hugely informative and wonderfully entertaining little book answers one hundred essential questions about existence. It unravels the knotty, clarifies the conundrums and sheds light into dark corners. From winning the lottery, placing bets at the races and escaping from bears to sports, Shakepeare, Google, game theory, drunks, divorce settlements and dodgy accounting; from chaos to infinity and everything in between, 100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know has all the answers!
“it would be hard to imagine an easier, friendlier, more entertaining introduction (to maths) than John Barrow's 100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know... There are even belly laughs”
“Need a Christmas present for someone who likes interesting facts, with a mathematical flavour? Then this is the book.'... a pot pourri of intriguing things”