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An equation for every occasion : fifty-two formulas and why they matter

Author: John M Henshaw; Steven Lewis
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"In An Equation for Every Occasion, John M. Henshaw tells fifty-two entertaining stories, each inspired by a different mathematical equation. His succinct, easy-to-read narratives come from the spheres of sports, business, history, the arts, science, and technology. Anecdotes about famous equations ... appear alongside tales of not-so-famous -- but equally fascinating -- equations, such as the one that's used to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Trivia and miscellanea
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John M Henshaw; Steven Lewis
ISBN: 9781421414911 1421414910 9781421419831 1421419831
OCLC Number: 867716130
Description: x, 187 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface --
As the Earth draws the apple --
And all the children are above average --
The lady with the mystic smile --
The heart has its reasons --
AC/DC --
The Doppler effect --
Do I look fat in these jeans? --
Zeros and ones --
Tsunami --
When the chips are down --
A stretch of the imagination --
Woodstock nation --
What is [pi]? --
No sweat --
Road range --
The bends --
It's not the heat, it's the humidity --
The world's most beautiful equation --
Breaking the law --
The Mars curse --
Eureka! --
A penny saved ... --
If I only had a brain --
Because it was there --
Four eyes --
Bee sting --
Here comes the sun --
A leg to stand on --
Love is a roller coaster --
Loss factor --
A slippery slope --
Transformers --
A house of cards --
Let there be light --
Smarty pants --
As old as the hills --
Can you hear me now? --
Decay heat --
Zero, one, infinity --
Terminal velocity --
Water, water, everywhere --
Dog days --
Body heat --
Red hot --
A bolt from the blue --
Like oil and water --
Fish story --
Making waves --
A drop in the bucket --
Fracking unbelievable --
Take two aspirins and call me in the morning --
The world's most famous equation --
Bibliography --
Other Titles: An (equation) for every occasion =
Responsibility: John M. Henshaw ; with contributions from Steven Lewis.


Smartly conceived and fast paced, his book offers something for anyone curious about math and its impacts.  Read more...
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