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    • ISBN:9781786483362
    • Publication date:08 Mar 2018

The Genius Test: Maths

By Julia Collins

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Put your mathematical muscle to the test with this entertaining and essential guide to 50 of the world's greatest problems

Do you love a difficult brain teaser? Can you explain Fermat's Last Theorem? What is the shape of the Universe? How do you add up to infinity? And are Einstein, Pythagoras and Ada Lovelace your heroes and heroines?

Challenge yourself with The Genius Test: Maths and learn to think and talk like the world's greatest mathematical geniuses.

Taking you on a journey through the mathematical ideas that underpin our world - from imaginary numbers and Turing machines to chaos theory and mathematical paradoxes; from the search for primes and game theory to relativity and the arithmetic of altruism - The Genius Test: Maths demystifies 50 key concepts and provides you with the tools to master the very biggest ideas.

Includes: Number systems; The Riemann Hypothesis; Cryptography; Set theory; Infinity; Gödel's incompleteness theorem; Euclidean and Riemann geometry; Topology; Euler's formula; The Poincaré Conjecture; Knot theory; The maths of symmetry; Group theory; The impossibility of solving equations; The Yang-Mills problem; Calculus; Fractals; Trigonometry; Algorithms; P vs NP; The Prisoner's dilemma; Probability and statistics; The Monty Hall paradox...and many more.

Biographical Notes

Julia Collins has a PhD in 4-dimensional Knot Theory from the University of Edinburgh, where she spent five years as the Mathematics Engagement Officer, with a remit to lecture and spread an appreciation of mathematics. She is now Outreach Officer at the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute. Julia's writing has been published in Nature and in Princeton University Press' anthology The Best Writing on Mathematics. She is a winner of the How to Talk Maths in Public competition, has been nominated for the London Mathematical Society's Anne Bennett prize, and organised the world's first Maths Craft Festival.

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  • ISBN: 9781786483355
  • Publication date: 08 Mar 2018
  • Page count: 224
  • Imprint: Quercus
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