100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know: Math by John D. Barrow

By John D. Barrow

“Where else does math turn into a romp, jam-packed with enjoyable tips and turns?”—Bryce Christensen, Booklist

Have you ever thought of why you usually get caught within the longest line? Why two’s corporation yet three’s a crowd? Or why there are six levels of separation rather than seven? during this highly informative and perpetually wonderful booklet, John D. Barrow takes the main baffling of daily phenomena and—with basic math, lucid motives, and illustrations—explains why they paintings the best way they do. His witty, crystal-clear solutions make clear the darkish and shadowy corners of the actual global all of us imagine we comprehend so good. forty b/w illustrations

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On some occasions he proclaimed that the power of his mind made it unnecessary for him to perform the experiments he described. On others, for example when considering the limitations of water pumps, he resorted without comment to apparatus that transcended the capacity of existing technology. Boyle's critique of Pascal applies to Galileo without change. It isolates a figure who could and did make epochal contributions to the classical sciences but not, except through instrumental design, to the Baconian.

His followers in the experimental tradition, though they accepted Copernican cosmology, seldom even attempted to acquire the mathematical skill and sophistication required to understand or pursue the classical sciences. That situation endured through the eighteenth century: Franklin, Black, and Nollet display it as clearly as Boyle and Hooke. Its converse is far more equivocal. Whatever the causes of the Baconian movement, they impinged also on the previously estab16. For an early stage in the development of chemistry as a subject of intellectual concern, see Marie Boas, Robert Boyle and Seventeenth-Century Chemistry (Cambridge, 1958).

Although much additional research in this area is needed, the following remarks will suggest the gross pattern which research Cohen, Franklin and Newton (Philadelphia, 1956). 18. Boyle, Works, 2:42-43. 17. I. B. Mathematical versus Experimental Traditions 51 is likely to refine. At least at the elementary level, the classical sciences had established themselves in the standard curriculum of the medieval university. During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the number of chairs devoted to them increased.

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