Coincidences, Chaos, and All That Math Jazz by Edward B. Burger
Making Light of Weighty Ideas

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By starting in the familiar world and using a few simple steps of imagination, Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird sneak up on weighty mathematical ideas. The spirals on a pineapple quickly lead to the famous Fibonacci numbers and the alluring Golden Ratio, and from there to aesthetic forms in nature, art and music. The edge of a twisted strip of paper leads to an image of the shape of the universe. Playing with the notion of probability shows that surprising coincidences such as the amazing parallels between the Lincoln and Kennedy assassinations are sure to happen. These and other foreign and familiar mysteries are all explained with great humour and clarity in this irreverent, entertaining and readable book.

About Edward B. Burger

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Edward B. Burger is Professor of Mathematics and Chair at Williams College and is the author of numerous articles, books, and videos Michael Starbird is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of UT's Academy of Distinguished Teachers
Published October 17, 2006 by W. W. Norton & Company. 288 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science & Math, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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These antic authors make accessible information about cosmology and topology, some theories of chance and randomness, and thoughts about fractals, factors, Fibonaci progressions and use of a quincunx.

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