This book serves as a valuable resource for mathematics and science teachers at secondary school level, teenagers and parents. It contains written versions of Royal Institution masterclasses on a wide selection of topics in pure and applied mathematics. The masterclasses are a popular program of advanced study conducted each year for mathematically talented university-bound British youth. They serve as a unique introduction to the kinds of topics found at the undergraduate level, yet presented in a manner that is meant to stimulate interest and challenge young minds. Topics include chaos theory, meteorology, storage limitations of computers, population growth and decay, as well as the mechanics of dinosaurs. The book is well-illustrated, easy to read, and contains worksheets with interesting problems (and solutions). The emphasis throughout is on enjoying the challenge of mathematics.
" ...(the) chapter on chaos theory is a model of careful exposition of advanced material to a general audience, with well chosen examples . . . (contains) delightful contribution(s) on polyhedra and weather . . .(and is) careful to help readers maintain a global overview of the problem . . . this book is most welcome." Times Education Supplement "The book fully lives up to the second part of its title and will provide many hours of pleasure for inquisitive youngsters (as well as for other older readers!). . . The book encapsulates all the good features of masterclasses ... we are introduced to a huge amount of interesting mathematics ... the layout is user-friendly. . . This book can be strongly recommended to all teachers of mathematics as a resource." London Mathematical Society Newsletter "The exposition is engaging and clear." Zentralblatt fuer Mathematik
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st March 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.0 x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.56