Lets face it, numbers underpin every aspect of our lives - from the supermarket shop to social media metrics and even our notions of what is beautiful - but more than that, being numerically literate can open doors to better life choices, greater financial wellbeing and allow us to digest information in a digital age.
In Understanding Numbers, Marianne Freiberger and Rachel Thomas will show key number patterns and maths principles that are vital to our every day - and, far from learning complex sums by heart, they reveal techniques and insights to equip us with an innate numerical common sense.
Using a unique, visual approach, Marianne Freiberger and Rachel Thomas dissect the mathematics that you rely on every day. From the statistics that underpin our news feeds, through the big data that informs our health and finance services, to the algorithms that underpin how we communicate - mathematics is at the heart of how our modern world functions. In 20 dip-in lessons, Understanding Numbers examines how and why mathematics is used and guides you to better understand the numbers that fuel your world.
About the Authors
Rachel Thomas and Marianne Freiberger are the editors of Plus magazine, which publishes articles from the worlds top mathematicians and science writers on topics as diverse as art, medicine, cosmology and sport. Before joining Plus in 2001, Rachel was a math consultant in Australia working for government and industry. She recently edited the Gazette of the Australian Mathematical Society and has developed and taught science writing workshops for graduate students. She also created mathematical walking tours of London and Oxford and a virtual mathematical tour guide of the world for Maths in the City. Rachel obtained her MSc in Semigroup Theory in 1998 from the University of Western Australia.
Marianne joined Plus in 2005 after completing a PhD and then a three year postdoc at Queen Mary, University of London. As a researcher she worked in complex dynamics and held various teaching engagements. In the world of math communication she has been Editor-in-Chief of the Mathscareers website and sometimes gives presentations to mathematicians about how to communicate their work to a wider audience, and to journalists about how to deal with math in the media.
"Simple, clear explanations of twenty ways in which mathematics helps us to understand practical issues of everyday life. Suitable for teenagers and adults, and beautifully produced. Highly recommended!" * Professor Ian Stewart *