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A Mathematical Nature Walk
Exact title of book
A Mathematical Nature Walk
Book author
John A. Adam
ISBN
9780691128955
Published
Apr 20, 2009
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
280
File size (in PDF)
2520 kB

Some brief overview of book

How heavy is that cloud? Why can you see farther in rain than in fog? Why are the droplets on that spider web spaced apart so evenly?

If you have ever asked questions like these while outdoors, and wondered how you might figure out the answers, this is a book for you. An entertaining and informative collection of fascinating puzzles from the natural world around us, A Mathematical Nature Walk will delight anyone who loves nature or math or both. John Adam presents ninety-six questions about many common natural phenomenaand a few uncommon onesand then shows how to answer them using mostly basic mathematics.

Can you weigh a pumpkin just by carefully looking at it? Why can you see farther in rain than in fog? What causes the variations in the colors of butterfly wings, bird feathers, and oil slicks?

And why are large haystacks prone to spontaneous combustion? These are just a few of the questions youll find inside. Many of the problems are illustrated with photos and drawings, and the book also has answers, a glossary of terms, and a list of some of the patterns found in nature.

About a quarter of the questions can be answered with arithmetic, and many of the rest require only precalculus. But regardless of math background, readers will learn from the informal descriptions of the problems and gain a new appreciation of the beauty of nature and the mathematics that lies behind it.

About book author

A. Adam is professor of mathematics at Old Dominion University. He is the coauthor of Guesstimation Solving the Worlds Problems on the Back of a Cocktail Napkin and the author of Mathematics in Nature (both Princeton). bout many common natural phenomenaand a few uncommon onesand then shows how to answer them using mostly basic mathematics.

Can you weigh a pumpkin just by carefully looking at it? Why can you see farther in rain than in fog? What causes the variations in the colors of butterfly wings, bird feathers, and oil slicks?

And why are large haystacks prone to spontaneous combustion? These are just a few of the questions youll find inside. Many of the problems are illustrated with photos and drawings, and the book also has answers, a glossary of terms, and a list of some of the patterns found in nature.

About a quarter of the questions can be answered with arithmetic, and many of the rest require only precalculus. But regardless of math background, readers will learn from the informal descriptions of the problems and gain a new appreciation of the beauty of nature and the mathematics that lies behind it.

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