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The Maths of Life and Death - Kit Yates

The Maths of Life and Death

By: Kit Yates

Paperback Published: 10th September 2019
ISBN: 9781787475410
Number Of Pages: 256

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This book will change the way we look at our world - through the stories of ordinary people, Kit Yates shows how maths pervades the most important facets of our society and takes us on a genuine voyage of discovery and potential.

*Maths is the story of the world around us, and the wisdom it gives us can be the difference between life and death*


Maths ends at school and has nothing to do with real life - or so the popular misconception goes. In fact, maths is present in most of our actions and our decisions. When we tap our foot to music, choose which seat on the train to pick or absorb a medical result, we are performing complex maths unconsciously.

Not only that: understanding how that is can guide us towards making better decisions in all sorts of situations, from the mundane to the life-changing. In this extraordinary book, mathematical biologist Kit Yates teases out the seven hidden mathematical rules that underlie our common experience, making real-life sense of the equations that govern our lives.

How can maths prevent innocent people being convicted for crimes they didn't commit? When is alarm fatigue useful or fatal? And do DNA tests already reveal the full truth? As Yates demonstrates through captivating true-life stories, intriguing case studies and impressive expertise, appreciating how prevalent mathematics is in the everyday can help us to recognise some of the rules that govern our lives.

Along the way Yates wrestles with huge ethical and societal issues from abortion to anti-vaccination, from climate change to globalisation. Yet he never loses sight of the sensibility and emotional dimension of the human experience, unlike many books about maths. The result is a captivating, entertaining and surprising read that is utterly relatable.

About the Author

Kit Yates is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematical Sciences and co-director of the Centre for Mathematical Biology at the University of Bath. He completed his PhD in mathematics at the University of Oxford in 2011.

ISBN: 9781787475410
ISBN-10: 1787475417
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 10th September 2019
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 15.4 x 23.4  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1

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