Book: Chaotic Fishponds…

… and Mirror Universes

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Reviews

 

Elwes avoids jargon and equations but includes a surprisingly large amount of science… Overall, Chaotic Fishponds and Mirror Universes is a book with a wide appeal. Most adults with an interest in engineering, science and mathematics would enjoy it.

 

I really like it, and am thinking of recommending it to our incoming students…. I think I learned something in every chapter… a new source of examples of the use of mathematics.

 

I’ve really been enjoying CHAOTIC FISHPONDS AND MIRROR UNIVERSES… I briefly tried to be a science writer myself once, and so am aware how difficult it is to leave out all the cluttering detail and still wind up with an interesting and informative essay. Every chapter of yours so far has been a gem.

– Nicholas Palevsky

 

This is a fantastic book for the non scientist/maths person who has an interest in science and maths. You really will learn something and understand science and maths better afterwards… well written and fun.

 

“for the general reader, this book will provide a brilliant introduction to the ubiquity of maths”

 

Kto uważa, że matematyka jest nudna i oderwana od rzeczywistości, powinien przeczytaćksiążkę „Matematyka i… już”. To jedna z najlepszych książek na temat królowej nauk, jakie ostatnio się ukazały… Matematyka – twierdzi – kieruje każdym aspektem naszego życia, aż po cząsteczki, z których składają się ludzkie ciała. I przedstawia to w tak fascynujący sposób, że bez jego ksią żki trudno dziś nauczać matematyki.

 

Jeśli chcesz znać odpowiedzi na te i wiele innych, nieoczekiwanych pytań (i jeszcze bardziej zaskakujących odpowiedzi) sięgnij po „Matematykę i już” Richarda Elwisa! Jest to książka ambitna, ale przy tym napisana prostym językiem – w sam raz dla kogoś, kto chciałaby raz na jakiś czas zamienić lekką, rozrywkową powieść na odrobinę poważniejszą lekturę albo po prostu spróbować czegoś nowego – warto! Jak obiecuje autor, odkryje ona przed nami „matematyczne tajemnice świata”. 

The book was the subject of a Workshop at Technische Universität München in May 2016.

If you would like to say something about my book, please drop me an email at at r [DOT] elwes [AT] gmail [DOT] com or leave a comment here.

 

 

 

Errata

P40 lines 8&9 The number should be 4 x 10^18
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P45 line 5 “…the EDVAC only needed…”
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P62 line -3 “(101^{64})”
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P79 bottom line “1958”
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P85 line 10 “…produce ‘M’ every time…”
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P96 line 8 “Huntington’s disease”
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p107 line 1 “…packed into the western district…”
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p124 line 2 “…right-handed Thalidomide would be…”
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p137 line -5 “…where (x_n) stands for the (n)th number in the list.”
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p138 line -10: The sequence should read “2,1,3,4,7,11,…” Four lines later, the name should be Édouard Lucas.
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p157 lines 14&15. It would be better to say “But now here is another question: imagine that we need to negotiate with someone – call him Claude – for the rights to play these bets. How much should we be prepared to pay to play, and at what price should we sell our rights to the bets?”
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p178 line 16 1830s and 40s. Two lines later: George Stokes was Irish, in fact.
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p183 line 12 “mile” should be “metre”! (Unless our cyclist has broken the sound barrier.)
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p202 line -6, 45 microseconds = 0.000045 seconds
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p219 lines 6&7 “central nodes will have a low eccentricity, while those on the fringes will have higher values.”
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p227 line -8 “comfortably within the 5 % (and indeed the 1 %) significance level”
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p261 line 2: “20 times”
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p284 Virulence and Vaccination paragraph 2, final line, these figures are for a population of 100,000.
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p302 line 6. Berry’s paradox returns around 1,000,000 results
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p318 line 1 “r=3”
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p.327, line 11: “263” should be “255”
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p333 line 2: “at least 3”
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p348 line -4: “around 0.4%”. Top line of next page: “around 99.2%”.
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