The Hidden Geometry of Absolutely Everything
Author: Jordan Ellenberg
Summary:One of the most common things said by school children "why do I need to know this? When am I ever going to use this in the real world?". There is no doubt, that you remember saying, or at least thinking this when you were sitting in a high school geometry class. Well, Jordan Ellenberg has written Shape to answer those questions. It turns out that geometry does have a lot of real world applications, and as we dive through this entertaining exploration of the world around us you'll see some things that are only obvious when you know they're there. How should a democracy choose its representatives? How can you stop a pandemic from sweeping the world? How do computers learn to play chess? Can ancient Greek proportions predict the stock market? (Sorry, no.) What should your kids learn in school if they really want to learn to think? The answers to all these questions can be found in geometry. Jordan Ellenberg reveals the mathematics behind some of the most important scientific, political and philosophical conundrums we face. The word 'geometry', from the Greek, means 'measuring the world'. If anything, geometry doesn't just measure the world, it explains it. Shape shows us how.
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