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  • Authored by: Harry Henderson
  • From the Series: Milestones in Discovery and Invention
  • Trim Size: 6 X 9
  • ISBN-10: 0816057508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-5750-4
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 06/01/2007
  • Dewey Number: 510
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 192


For most people, mathematics is an abstraction with little connection to the "real" universe. But some mathematicians have discovered relatively simple yet exceedingly powerful patterns that yield insight into aspects of natural and human behavior. Mathematics presents 10 essays that profile the minds behind such patterns, many of which have surfaced in recent popular culture. Meet Leonardo of Pisa, who worked with Fibonacci numbers and the "Golden Section"; John von Neumann and John Nash, proponents of game theory; Edward Lorentz, who developed chaos theory; Sid Meier, who has created award-winning computer games, such as Gettysburg and SimGolf; and five other mathematicians. Although the ideas explored here may produce complex results, they are inherently simple in concept, making them appealing, accessible vehicles for acquainting students with the human side of mathematics.


Black-and-white photographs and line illustrations. Appendixes. Sidebars. Glossary. General chronology. Chapter-specific chronologies and further readings. Web sites. Further resources. Index.

About the Author(s)

Harry Henderson is a writer and editor specializing in subjects related to science, computer technology, mathematics, biography, and history. Henderson's publications for Facts On File include Career Opportunities in Computers and Cyberspace, Privacy in the Information Age, Modern Mathematicians (selected as one of the "1997 Books for the Teen Age" by the New York Public Library), and Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology, which was "highly recommended" by Choice.

Reviews and Awards

“…engaging…clearly written…will help fill in gaps in collections on the history of mathematics…”

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