Cover art for How Not to be Wrong
Published
Penguin, August 2015
ISBN
9780718196042
Format
Softcover, 480 pages
Dimensions
19.8cm × 12.9cm × 2.1cm

How Not to be Wrong The Hidden Maths of Everyday Life

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The Sunday Times Bestseller. The maths we learn in school can seem like an abstract set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. In fact, Jordan Ellenberg shows us, maths touches on everything we do, and a little mathematical knowledge reveals the hidden structures that lie beneath the world's messy and chaotic surface.

In How Not to be Wrong, Ellenberg explores the mathematician's method of analyzing life, from the everyday to the cosmic, showing us which numbers to defend, which ones to ignore, and when to change the equation entirely. Along the way, he explains calculus in a single page, describes Godel's theorem using only one-syllable words, and reveals how early you actually need to get to the airport.

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