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Richard Elwes



Dr Richard Elwes is a writer, teacher and researcher in Mathematics and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Leeds. He contributes to New Scientist and Plus Magazine and publishes research on model theory. Dr Elwes is a committed populariser of mathematics which he regularly promotes at public lectures and on radio. He is the author of Mathematics 1001 published by Quercus.
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Mathematics

Richard Elwes
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Richard Elwes

Mathematics in 100 Key Breakthroughs presents a series of essays explaining the fundamentals of the most exciting and important maths concepts you really need to know. Richard Elwes profiles the important, groundbreaking and front-of-mind discoveries that have had a profound influence on our way of life and understanding. From the origins of counting over 35,000 years ago, right up to breakthroughs such as Wiles' Proof of Fermat's Last Theorem and Cook & Wolfram's Rule 110, it tells a story of discovery, invention, gradual progress and inspired leaps of the imagination.

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Maths in 100 Key Breakthroughs

Richard Elwes
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Richard Elwes

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Chaotic Fishponds and Mirror Universes

Richard Elwes
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Richard Elwes

What can we learn from fish in a pond? How do social networks connect the world? How can artificial intelligences learn? Why would life be different in a mirror universe? Mathematics is everywhere, whether we are aware of it or not. Exploring the subject through 35 of its often odd and unexpected applications, this book provides an insight into the 'hidden wiring' that governs our world. From the astonishing theorems that control computers to the formulae behind stocks and shares, and from the foundations of the internet to the maths behind medical imaging, Chaotic Fishponds and Mirror Universes explains how mathematics determines every aspect of our lives - right down to the foundations of our bodies.

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How to Solve the Da Vinci Code

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Can you outrun a bullet? How do you build an electronic brain? Is it possible to create an unbreakable code? Could you slow down time? How do you unleash chaos? If you thought mathematics was all about measuring angles in a triangle or factorizing equations, think again ... How to Build a Brain and 34 Other Really Interesting Uses of Mathematics demystifies the astonishing world of maths in a series of intriguing, entertaining and often extraordinary scenarios - that explain key concepts in plain and simple language. You'll find out how to unknot your DNA, how to count like a supercomputer and how to become famous for solving mathematics most challenging problem. You'll learn essential survival skills such as how to survive in a whirlpool, how to slay a mathematical monster and how to be alive and dead at the same time. And along the way you'll discover some plain old cool stuff like how to unleash chaos, how to create an unbreakable code and how to use the mathematics to win at roulette or avoid going to prison. So if you want to get to grips with the great questions of number theory and geometry, the mysteries of the prime numbers or Plato's classification of regular polyhedra, or if you are really more interested in learning how to have beautiful children or how to make a million on the stock market, this is the perfect introduction to the fascinating world of modern mathematics.

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The Maths Handbook

Richard Elwes
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Richard Elwes