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Download This PDF Book: Math Geek: From Klein Bottles to Chaos Theory, a Guide to the Nerdiest Math Facts, Theorems, and Equations by Raphael Rosen

The new "sine" of mathematical geekdom!

Do you dream about long division in your sleep? Does the thought of solving abstruse equations bring a smile to your face? Do you love celebrating pi every March? Then, Math Geek was made for you! With this guide, you'll learn even more about the power of numbers as you explore their brilliant nature in ways you've never imagined.

From manhole covers to bubbles to subway maps, each page gives you a glimpse of the world through renowned mathematicians' eyes and reveals how their theorems and equations can be applied to nearly everything you encounter. Covering dozens of your favorite math topics, you'll find fascinating answers to questions like:

How are the waiting times for buses determined?

Why is Romanesco Broccoli so mesmerizing?

How do you divide a cake evenly?

Should you run or walk to avoid rain showers?

Filled with compelling mathematical explanations, Math Geek sheds light on the incredible world of numbers hidden deep within your day-to-day life.


"Math Geek may be the first math book ever to explicitly welcome 'geeks' and 'nerds.' Rosen makes [math] enticing to beginners by writing in a relaxed conversational style, assuming little math knowledge, and relating the math to pop culture and ordinary events. [Readers] will be on their way to becoming the best kind of geek or nerd, the kind that our society needs." --The Los Angeles Review of Books

"Rosen provides a unique and interesting look at the beauty of mathematics without asking readers to delve into intimidating, mathematics-laden formulas." --National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

About the Author

An Adams Media author.



Maybe you enjoyed math classes when you were in school and now do logic puzzles in your spare time. Maybe you’ve become intrigued by all of the references to math in popular culture—Proof, Numb3rs, The Imitation Game, A Beautiful Mind—and want to know more.

Maybe you’re an engineer or a physicist and use advanced math concepts every day. Maybe you have a hard time understanding math and yearn to get a glimpse of a world that so many people find fascinating. Or maybe you’re your own kind of geek: after all, there are as many kinds of math geeks as there are theorems. 

Whoever you are, in these pages I hope to show you that mathematics is not just a series of rote exercises performed in a classroom. You won’t have to memorize anything, and there’s no test at the end. I hope to convince you that mathematics is something built into the fabric of reality: a collection of shapes, patterns, numbers, arguments, and, well, little treasures. 

Math is in the air you breathe, the sidewalks you walk on, and the buses you take to work each morning. What does that mean? To find out, you’ll have to read on. Besides showing you that mathematics is a living feature of the world we live in, I also hope to persuade you that math is pretty. 

I’m not saying that equations look good on paper, or that plus and minus signs are like calligraphy. I mean that learning about math is like looking at a sunset, reading a poem, or listening to your favorite band. Math has a beauty that can stop you in your tracks. Have you ever walked out of a movie theater after seeing a great drama, your mind stunned by the performances, sets, and cinematography? Believe it or not, math is like that. 

Some mathematicians have even argued that math should be included in a list of cultural touchstones that includes Shakespeare, Mozart, and Michelangelo. These math mavens believe that people should study math for its own sake, because not studying it would be a crime on a par with never having read Hamlet. In other words, people should not learn about mathematics simply to get a good score on the SAT. 

Instead, they should study it to enrich their lives. Our expedition to find math in our everyday world will take us from pizza to donuts, from online shopping to the GPS features in our smartphones. We’ll look closely at why, when you’re waiting at a bus stop, there won’t be a bus for what seems like an eternity, and then suddenly two or three will arrive all at once. 

We’ll stop to examine weird vegetables in your local supermarket, and learn how music is translated into a file on your iPod. We’ll even make sense of strange paradoxes like why adding roads can make traffic worse. Once you learn the fascinating math concepts hiding in the world around you, you’ll find an even greater appreciation for math—one that you can share with your fellow commuter when the bus is late . . . again.




1. The Beauty of Romanesco Broccoli

2. Measuring the Length of a Coastline: Not as Easy as It Sounds

3. Bubbles Are Fun and Efficient

4. Is There Math Behind Jackson Pollock’s Paintings?

5. The Koch Snowflake

6. Are You Living in the Fourth Dimension?

7. Building a Better Conveyor Belt

8. The Mathematical Connection Between Your Shoelaces and Your DNA

9. What the Subway Map Leaves Out

10. Origami

11. There’s Math Behind Your Tangled Cords

12. Why Bicycle Gears Are Different Sizes

13. Myth Busted: Raindrops Aren’t Shaped Like Teardrops

14. Why Are Traffic Signs Different Shapes?

15. Why Is the Pentagon Building Shaped Like That?

16. Triangles

17. Why Are Manhole Covers Round?

18. LEGO Sets

19. Let’s Go Fly a . . . Quadrilateral

20. What Do Herpes and Table Salt Have in Common?

21. Why Do Golf Balls Have Dimples?

22. Gauss and Pizza

23. Geodesic Domes

24. A Fictional Math Book? Yes.

25. A Soccer Ball Is More Than Just a Ball

26. Rubik’s Cube: A Toy, or a Mathematical Wonder?

27. Paper Sizes

28. Different Ways to Depict Earth on a Map

29. Packing M&M’s

30. Tangrams

31. The Velvet Rope as a Mathematical Entity

32. How Do Suspension Bridges Hold Cars?


33. Why Do Buses Arrive in Bunches?

34. Stop Losing Money at the Casino

35. How Does a Movie Win an Oscar?

36. Staying Dry in the Rain

37. The Most Efficient Checkout Line

38. How to Study for the Turing Test

39. What Is a Sextant?

40. Splitting Up Rent

41. Cutting a Cake Fairly

42. Delivering Packages Efficiently

43. How Do Algorithms Affect Your Internet Experience?

44. Explaining the Monty Hall Problem

45. The Math Behind Juggling

46. Nash Equilibrium

47. The Math Behind a Flock of Starlings

48. Putting a Pile in Order

49. Math Gets Its Day in Court

50. What Does a 40% Chance of Rain Really Mean?

51. Math-Based Test-Taking Strategies

52. Your Immune System Can Do Math?!

53. How Google Translate Works

54. Don’t Tailgate

55. Brazil Nut Effect

56. Myth Busted: More Roads Don’t Mean Less Traffic

57. How Many Times Can You Fold a Sheet of Paper?

58. Yes, There Is a Better Way to Board an Airplane


59. Tessellations

60. There Are 177,147 Ways to Tie a Necktie

61. Little-Known Connections Between Music and Math

62. The Game of Go

63. Chessboard and Wheat

64. The Tower of Hanoi

65. Pigeonhole Principle

66. Mazes

67. How Many Clues Do You Need to Solve a

Sudoku Puzzle?

68. Mathematical Patterns in Van Gogh’s Work

69. Why It’s a Mathematical Feat for You to Walk Across a Room

70. Information Theory

71. Your Social Media Jealousy Has Mathematical Roots

72. How an Audio Recording Becomes a Digital Music File

73. How Many Colors Do You Need to Make a Map?

74. Math Helps Create Your Kids’ Favorite Movies

75. Candy Crush Saga

76. Did You Inhale Caesar’s Last Breath?

77. How Do Computers Work?

78. The Math Behind Birthday Buddies

79. Bell Choirs and Math

80. Bayesian Statistics

81. Baseball and ERA

82. Bacterial Division

83. Astrolabes

84. Angle of Repose


85. What’s All the Fuss about Pi?

86. Primes

87. Internet Security

88. The Wonder and Frustration of Infinity

89. Fibonacci Numbers in Nature

90. Dewey Decimal System

91. Random Numbers: Are They Really Random?

92. Powers of Ten

93. Metric System

94. Attoseconds

95. Golden Ratio in Art and Architecture

96. The Golden Ratio in Your DNA

97. Using a Kid’s Toy to Make Epitrochoid Curves

98. The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Is Rooted in Math

99. Do Cicadas Use Math to Protect Their Species?

100. Base 2

About The Book:

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Adams Media (June 18, 2015)

Language ‏ : ‎ English

Pages ‏ : ‎ 256 

File: PDF, 10MB


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