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Auto Math Handbook : Calculations, Formulas, Equations and Theory for Automotive Enthusiasts
by John Lawlor
When teaching students who demand practicality in every subject they must study, this book can be very useful. Personally, I know little about engines. But I do know that ratios are important. The book is jam packed with formulas and equations useful to the engine builder or just to the theoretically minded person who enjoys crunching numbers.


Know the World
by David Green
This book includes a series of beautifully drawn outline maps. With each map there is a list of appropriate place names. How many can you place on the map? Interesting and challenging.


Math Stuff
by Theoni Pappas
Whether one is adjusting the settings of a camera, doing financial planning, or just talking about the weather, everyone is involved in mathematics every day. Theoni Pappas explores some of the many areas in which one least expects to find "e;math stuff." Readers learn how computers get stressed out, how epaper works, and how codes and numbers affect the body. As always, Pappas demystifies mathematics.


On Beyond a Million : An Amazing Math Journey
by David M. Schwartz and Paul Meisel
Amazing facts about millions, trillions, and much bigger numbers are explained in picture-book cartoon scenarios, contributed by Paul Meisel. They show kids in the classroom, at the seashore, in the rain forest, and all over the place, learning how to count by powers of 10. The sheer numbers are astounding, whether they refer to the population of the U.S. or the number of stars in the Milky Way; and the explanation of exponents gives kids a way to count what seems unimaginable. In a funny gag, one kid keeps asking, "Have we reached infinity yet?" and the answers make math awesome and yet accessible--even for those of us who are scared of all those zeros.


Only Math Book You'll Ever Need
by Kogelman & Heller
A best-selling math guide (over 100,000 copies sold.) to everyday math tasks such as balancing a checkbook; how long to cook a turkey; how much paint needed to cover a wall; figuring a tip; purchasing a PC; etc.


The Predictors
by Thomas A. Bass
The story of how Farmer and Packard became legendary in hacker circles since their failed attempt to beat the roulette tables in Las Vegas with toe-operated computers was chronicled in Bass's well-regarded 1985 book called The Eudaemonic Pie. This time, though, the two hit the jackpot with their cutting-edge computer programs and the company they created to trade German marks, Chicago commodities, Japanese treasury bonds, Texas oil futures, and New York securities. Bass's prose is a bit flowery at times, but his perceptive you-are-there account is nonetheless entertaining and sure to cement the pair's reputation as today's ultimate masters of "phynance," the successful, and now oft-copied, merger of physics and finance.


Strength In Numbers
by Sherman K. Stein
Discovering the joy and power of mathematics in everyday life.


Three Dimensional Geometry & Topology
by William P. Thurston & Silvio Levy
This book develops some of the extraordinary richness, beauty, and power of geometry in two and three dimensions, and the strong connection of geometry with topology. Hyperbolic geometry is the star. A strong effort has been made to convey not just denatured formal reasoning (definitions, theorems, and proofs), but a living feeling for the subject. There are many figures, examples, and exercises of varying difficulty.

A must for anyone entering the field of three-dimensional topology and geometry. Most of it is about hyperbolic geometry, which is the biggest area of research in 3-d geometry and topology nowadays. Most of it is readable to undergraduates but its target audience is beginning graduate students in mathematics.


Towing Icebergs, Falling Dominoes, and Other Adventures in Applied Mathematics
by Robert B. Banks
This work is an applied mathematics book for the general reader who understands calculus. It contains a large collection of popular engineering problems, worked out completely, that should inform and entertain the reader. The mathematics used in this book includes elementary algebra, geometry, spherical trigonometry, calculus, and elementary differential equations. Several chapters use elementary statistics and probability. It is not a textbook, but it may be useful as supplementary reading in a high school or college-level class. The book begins with a chapter on units and dimensions and finishes with a chapter on mathematical models of the speed of a human runner. In between are twenty-two chapters tat discuss such diverse topics as towing icebergs, modeling growth and decay, scoring the Olympics, and falling dominoes. Readably written.


Unfinished Revolution: Human-centered Computers & What They Can Do for Us
by Michael Dertouzos
The author unmasks the deficiencies of our present systems and makes a compelling case for "human-centric computing," which has the potential to dramatically reduce our techno-aggravation, while improving our productivity and effectiveness. Written for people who use computers, and for the technologists who design and build them, Dertouzos's latest work clearly lays out a vision of human-centric computing. But it doesn't stop there. As in his previous works, Dertouzos connects his strong vision of the near future with practical ways computer users and designers can help create that future. At the book's core, Dertouzos identifies five human-centric forces: speech understanding, automation, individualized information access, collaboration, and customization and then provides specific examples of how each can be used to improve how we work with information technology. He goes on to offer vignettes that show how human-centric computing, when implemented, may improve health care, commerce, disaster control, medicine in developing countries, financial services, and even play.


What Are the Odds: Chance in Everyday Life
by Michael Orkin
An entertaining and accessible introduction to how chance works. A great primer that everyone, not just gamblers, needs in order to understand the difference between luck and reality. Orkin is professor of statistics at California State University-Hayward. He is interviewed frequently on radio and television shows nationwide.


Why Do Buses Come in Threes?
by Rob Eastaway and Jeremy Wyndham
Discover the explanation for two presidents dying on the same day; how many people need to be in a room before you find 2 people with the same birthday, etc.


Why Geese Don't Get Obese (And We Do)
by Eric P. Widmaier
How evolution's strategies for survival effect our everyday lives.


Workshop Math
by Robert Scharff
This book is recommended for those involved with home renovation projects. It does indeed provide you with the math necessary to such projects. There are tables and references for further study and an excellent book for one's library if you do indulge in home construction projects.