Publisher description for Geekspeak : how life + mathematics = happiness / by Graham Tattersall.
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Curiosity is our human birthright, and destiny. As a species, we are prone to think, ruminate, reflect, cogitate, mull over, and philosophize. Why do we do these things? To explain away the world around us, to find solace in knowledge, to answer all those seeming unanswerables: Why are we here? Is there a God? Is there life after death? And, above all, how many houseflies does it take to pull a car?
Dr. Graham Tattersall, a confirmed and superior geek, has rescued math from the prison of the classroom and put it to use in novel and unexpected ways to explain away some oft-pondered mysteries of the world. The questions he tackles include:
How big is your vocabulary?
How heavy is your house?
Do the dead outnumber the living?
What are the best words to use in a personal ad?
How much do you love your father?
His formula is simple, cunning, and witty, allowing the reader to exercise his or her brain, and impress friends, in ways never possible before. More than a delightful book to read from cover to cover, Geekspeak is an essential tool for solving the unsolvable, sounding intelligent, and better understanding the fascinating world in which we live.
Math has a new champion, and the Geeks a new King.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Mathematics -- Popular works.