The Bedside Book of Algebra is a collection of problems that will offer something of interest to everyone, in this easy to follow format, it guides the reader through this fascinating subject.
The principles of algebra were founded by al-Khwarizmi many centuries ago, in a time when mankind had no calculators, computers, or electonic gadgets. There were no telephones and the only means of communication was by messenger on horseback and boat. Yet the usefulness of algebra in almost every walk of life involving numbers has ensured not only its survival but also its continued development right up to the present day.
The Bedside Book of Algebra is a collection of problems, some with a very practical application, others designed as purely theoretical puzzles, that will offer something of interest to everyone. Each section is written in an easy-to-follow format and guides the reader progressively through this fascinating subject. Understand algebra, and all other branches of mathematics and arithmetic will suddenly open up in front of you. Also included are feature spreads on major figures from the history of algebra, giving biographical details and explaining their theories and findings. The Bedside Book of Algebra is ideal for quiet bedtime reading, or something to wake up the grey matter while enjoying your early morning beverage.
About the Author
Michael Willers was born in 1967 in the city of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Throughout his school years, the one subject that provided light was mathematics (and, later, science). He graduated high school in 1985 and entered an engineering program at the University of Victoria, paying his way by working as a shop assistant and consulting as a computer programmer for various companies. By the time he graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1991, he was sick of it, and promptly entered the university's teacher-training program - partly to overcome a fear of public speaking. Michael finished his training in 1992 and has been teaching high-school mathematics ever since. From 2000 to 2005 he worked on a Masters degree, focusing on mathematical connections to other subjects, such as art and philosophy. It was during this time that he started to look in-depth at the likes of Fibonacci, Pascal and Descartes, among others.
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1st December 2009
Publisher: Murdoch Books
Dimensions (cm): 21.9 x 14.9 x 2.000
Weight (kg): 0.46