9 comments on “Maths in 100 Breakthroughs

  1. Bought this book today; 3 chapters in and really enjoying it. As a teacher and mathematics graduate, I am very appreciative of the interesting and wide-ranging topics covered (my thesis was actually on the geometry of quasicrystals!) which I could not study at uni. Thanks!

  2. Hi Richard, I’m a secondary school maths teacher in the UK and I bought your book ‘Maths in 100 key breakthroughs today. I’m really enjoying it (up to #10 so far), and in response to your request for errata, submit the following: page 47, paragraph 4, final sentence should read ‘exactly half that’ not ‘exactly that’, thanks

  3. In response to your request for errata, I submit that I have found an error on Page 95 of 100 Key Breakthroughs in Chapter 22 – Fibonacci Sequence. The sequence should read …21, 34, 55,… rather than its stated 21, 33, 54.

  4. hello Richard,
    where should I report errata for the book? Apart from the one at page 47 which is already present in the relevant page, there is one occurrency at page 58 where Apollonius is spelled “Appolonius” (and there is a full stop missing somewhere, but I don’t have the book here with me, so I cannot give you the details right now)

  5. Not sure of the page (80 I think?) but The Euler-Mascheroni constant is incorrectly clamed to be about 0.557 whereas it is 0.577 (to 3 decimal places)….

  6. Hi. Just picked up your book after browsing it at Barnes & Noble. Terrific graphics and interesting stories….love it. I don’t usually buy math texts….mostly physics. There’s an errata on page 81, though. Negative numbers page. The caption for the coldest recorded temperature on Earth was the Vostok research station, and it is Russian but not in Northern Russia. It’s at the Dome A plateau in Antarctica. One of the driest places on Earth and suitable for ground based imaging in the infrared. I believe I calculated your temp to ~ -128, and that has recently been exceeded also…closer to -134 F.
    In addition, one of the great physics puzzles is the Koides formula that successfully predicted the correct mass of the Tau lepton. Why it works nobody has yet figured out. Might be interesting to you & your colleagues to tackle.
    Thanks for your great site. “pete”

  7. Hi Pete and thanks for the kind words.

    Thanks too for the correction regarding Vostok. Glad you’re enjoying the book, and hope you’ll continue to do so!

  8. Wonderful book!

    On p. 157 (of the U.S. version), the book seems to be saying that a cube has 12 vertices:

    Finally, count the number of corners, and denote that number by V (standing for vertices). For a cube V=12….

    I believe it should be 8.

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