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Math Geek

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The new "sine" of mathematical geekdom!

Do you dream about long division in your sleep? Does the thought of solving abstruse equations bring a smile to your face? Do you love celebrating pi every March? Then, Math Geek was made for you! With this guide, you'll learn even more about the power of numbers as you explore their brilliant nature in ways you've never imagined. From manhole covers to bubbles to subway maps, each page gives you a glimpse of the world through renowned mathematicians' eyes and reveals how their theorems and equations can be applied to nearly everything you encounter. Covering dozens of your favorite math topics, you'll find fascinating answers to questions like:

  • How are the waiting times for buses determined?
  • Why is Romanesco Broccoli so mesmerizing?
  • How do you divide a cake evenly?
  • Should you run or walk to avoid rain showers?
Filled with compelling mathematical explanations, Math Geek sheds light on the incredible world of numbers hidden deep within your day-to-day life.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Table of Contents
  5. Introduction
  6. Part 1: Shapes
    1. 1. The Beauty of Romanesco Broccoli
    2. 2. Measuring the Length of a Coastline: Not as Easy as It Sounds
    3. 3. Bubbles Are Fun and Efficient
    4. 4. Is There Math Behind Jackson Pollock’s Paintings?
    5. 5. The Koch Snowflake
    6. 6. Are You Living in the Fourth Dimension?
    7. 7. Building a Better Conveyor Belt
    8. 8. The Mathematical Connection Between Your Shoelaces and Your DNA
    9. 9. What the Subway Map Leaves Out
    10. 10. Origami
    11. 11. There’s Math Behind Your Tangled Cords
    12. 12. Why Bicycle Gears Are Different Sizes
    13. 13. Myth Busted: Raindrops Aren’t Shaped Like Teardrops
    14. 14. Why Are Traffic Signs Different Shapes?
    15. 15. Why Is the Pentagon Building Shaped Like That?
    16. 16. Triangles
    17. 17. Why Are Manhole Covers Round?
    18. 18. Lego Sets
    19. 19. Let’s Go Fly a . . . Quadrilateral
    20. 20. What Do Herpes and Table Salt Have in Common?
    21. 21. Why Do Golf Balls Have Dimples?
    22. 22. Gauss and Pizza
    23. 23. Geodesic Domes
    24. 24. A Fictional Math Book? Yes.
    25. 25. A Soccer Ball Is More Than Just a Ball
    26. 26. Rubik’s Cube: A Toy, or a Mathematical Wonder?
    27. 27. Paper Sizes
    28. 28. Different Ways to Depict Earth on a Map
    29. 29. Packing M&M’s
    30. 30. Tangrams
    31. 31. The Velvet Rope as a Mathematical Entity
    32. 32. How Do Suspension Bridges Hold Cars?
  7. Part 2: Behavior
    1. 33. Why Do Buses Arrive in Bunches?
    2. 34. Stop Losing Money at the Casino
    3. 35. How Does a Movie Win an Oscar?
    4. 36. Staying Dry in the Rain
    5. 37. The Most Efficient Checkout Line
    6. 38. How to Study for the Turing Test
    7. 39. What Is a Sextant?
    8. 40. Splitting Up Rent
    9. 41. Cutting a Cake Fairly
    10. 42. Delivering Packages Efficiently
    11. 43. How Do Algorithms Affect Your Internet Experience?
    12. 44. Explaining the Monty Hall Problem
    13. 45. The Math Behind Juggling
    14. 46. Nash Equilibrium
    15. 47. The Math Behind a Flock of Starlings
    16. 48. Putting a Pile in Order
    17. 49. Math Gets Its Day in Court
    18. 50. What Does a 40% Chance of Rain Really Mean?
    19. 51. Math-Based Test-Taking Strategies
    20. 52. Your Immune System Can Do Math?!
    21. 53. How Google Translate Works
    22. 54. Don’t Tailgate
    23. 55. Brazil Nut Effect
    24. 56. Myth Busted: More Roads Don’t Mean Less Traffic
    25. 57. How Many Times Can You Fold a Sheet of Paper?
    26. 58. Yes, There <i xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops">Is</i> a Better Way to Board an Airplane a Better Way to Board an Airplane
  8. Part 3: Patterns
    1. 59. Tessellations
    2. 60. There Are 177,147 Ways to Tie a Necktie
    3. 61. Little-Known Connections Between Music and Math
    4. 62. The Game of Go
    5. 63. Chessboard and Wheat
    6. 64. The Tower of Hanoi
    7. 65. Pigeonhole Principle
    8. 66. Mazes
    9. 67. How Many Clues Do You Need to Solve a
    10. 68. Mathematical Patterns in Van Gogh’s Work
    11. 69. Why It’s a Mathematical Feat for You to Walk Across a Room
    12. 70. Information Theory
    13. 71. Your Social Media Jealousy Has Mathematical Roots
    14. 72. How an Audio Recording Becomes a Digital Music File
    15. 73. How Many Colors Do You Need to Make a Map?
    16. 74. Math Helps Create Your Kids’ Favorite Movies
    17. 75. <i xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops">Candy Crush Saga</i>
    18. 76. Did You Inhale Caesar’s Last Breath?
    19. 77. How Do Computers Work?
    20. 78. The Math Behind Birthday Buddies
    21. 79. Bell Choirs and Math
    22. 80. Bayesian Statistics
    23. 81. Baseball and ERA
    24. 82. Bacterial Division
    25. 83. Astrolabes
    26. 84. Angle of Repose
  9. Part 4: Special Numbers
    1. 85. What’s All the Fuss about Pi?
    2. 86. Primes
    3. 87. Internet Security
    4. 88. The Wonder and Frustration of Infinity
    5. 89. Fibonacci Numbers in Nature
    6. 90. Dewey Decimal System
    7. 91. Random Numbers: Are They Really Random?
    8. 92. Powers of Ten
    9. 93. Metric System
    10. 94. Attoseconds
    11. 95. Golden Ratio in Art and Architecture
    12. 96. The Golden Ratio in Your DNA
    13. 97. Using a Kid’s Toy to Make Epitrochoid Curves
    14. 98. The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Is Rooted in Math
    15. 99. Do Cicadas Use Math to Protect Their Species?
    16. 100. Base 2
  10. Acknowledgments
  11. About The Author
  12. Copyright