The Witch Of Agnesi

Author: Robert Spiller
Publisher: Medallion Media Group
ISBN: 1605428965
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The Witch Of Agnesi from the Author: Robert Spiller. A coven of witches, a teenage comic book magnate, a skinhead Neanderthal with violent propensities, an abusive father, an amorous science teacher, and a mistranslated medieval mathematics manuscript figure prominently in this new mystery set in modern-day Colorado.

The World Of Maria Gaetana Agnesi Mathematician Of God

Author: Massimo Mazzotti
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801887093
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The World Of Maria Gaetana Agnesi Mathematician Of God from the Author: Massimo Mazzotti. She is best known for her curve, the witch of Agnesi, which appears in almost all high school and undergraduate math books. She was a child prodigy who frequented the salon circuit, discussing mathematics, philosophy, history, and music in multiple languages. She wrote one of the first vernacular textbooks on calculus and was appointed chair of mathematics at the university in Bologna. In later years, however, she became a prominent figure within the Catholic Enlightenment, gave up the academic world, and devoted herself to the poor, the sick, the hungry, and the homeless. Indeed, the life of Maria Agnesi reveals a complex and enigmatic figure—one of the most fascinating characters in the history of mathematics. Using newly discovered archival documents, Massimo Mazzotti reconstructs the wide spectrum of Agnesi's social experience and examines her relationships to various traditions—religious, political, social, and mathematical. This meticulous study shows how she and her fellow Enlightenment Catholics modified tradition in an effort to reconcile aspects of modern philosophy and science with traditional morality and theology. Mazzotti's original and provocative investigation is also the first targeted study of the Catholic Enlightenment and its influence on modern science. He argues that Agnesi's life is the perfect lens through which we can gain a greater understanding of mid-eighteenth-century cultural trends in continental Europe. -- Paula Findlen

Statistics On The Table

Author: Stephen M. Stigler
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674009790
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Statistics On The Table from the Author: Stephen M. Stigler. This lively collection of essays examines statistical ideas with an ironic eye for their essence and what their history can tell us for current disputes. The topics range from seventeenth-century medicine and the circulation of blood, to the cause of the Great Depression and the effect of the California gold discoveries of 1848 upon price levels, to the determinations of the shape of the Earth and the speed of light, to the meter of Virgil's poetry and the prediction of the Second Coming of Christ.

The Calculus Diaries

Author: Jennifer Ouellette
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101459034
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The Calculus Diaries from the Author: Jennifer Ouellette. Kiss My Math meets A Tour of the Calculus Jennifer Ouellette never took math in college, mostly because she-like most people-assumed that she wouldn't need it in real life. But then the English-major-turned-award-winning-science-writer had a change of heart and decided to revisit the equations and formulas that had haunted her for years. The Calculus Diaries is the fun and fascinating account of her year spent confronting her math phobia head on. With wit and verve, Ouellette shows how she learned to apply calculus to everything from gas mileage to dieting, from the rides at Disneyland to shooting craps in Vegas-proving that even the mathematically challenged can learn the fundamentals of the universal language.

Wonders Of Numbers

Author: Clifford A. Pickover
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195348002
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Wonders Of Numbers from the Author: Clifford A. Pickover. Who were the five strangest mathematicians in history? What are the ten most interesting numbers? Jam-packed with thought-provoking mathematical mysteries, puzzles, and games, Wonders of Numbers will enchant even the most left-brained of readers. Hosted by the quirky Dr. Googol--who resides on a remote island and occasionally collaborates with Clifford Pickover--Wonders of Numbers focuses on creativity and the delight of discovery. Here is a potpourri of common and unusual number theory problems of varying difficulty--each presented in brief chapters that convey to readers the essence of the problem rather than its extraneous history. Peppered throughout with illustrations that clarify the problems, Wonders of Numbers also includes fascinating "math gossip." How would we use numbers to communicate with aliens? Check out Chapter 30. Did you know that there is a Numerical Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? You'll find it in Chapter 45. From the beautiful formula of India's most famous mathematician to the Leviathan number so big it makes a trillion look small, Dr. Googol's witty and straightforward approach to numbers will entice students, educators, and scientists alike to pick up a pencil and work a problem.

Women In Chemistry

Author: Marelene F. Rayner-Canham
Publisher: Chemical Heritage Foundation
ISBN: 9780941901277
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Women In Chemistry from the Author: Marelene F. Rayner-Canham. Discusses the lives and scientific contributions of more than fifty women chemists from antiquity through the present day.

Bonnie Pinkwater Series

Author: Robert Spiller
Publisher: Medallion Media Group
ISBN: 1605427551
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Bonnie Pinkwater Series from the Author: Robert Spiller. The Witch of Agnesi Full-time math teacher and part-time troublemaker Bonnie Pinkwater cares about her students, so when thirteen-year-old math genius Peyton Newlin disappears, she’s compelled to investigate. One by one, students who were competing with the young genius turn up dead. Bonnie suspects Peyton—until he himself is murdered. The investigation leads Bonnie to a coven of witches, a teenage comic book magnate, a skinhead, an abusive father, an amorous science teacher, and a mistranslated medieval mathematics manuscript. As the body count mounts, Bonnie realizes the crosshairs are on her. A Calculated Demise Sadistic wrestling coach Luther Devereaux is found murdered, and Bonnie’s mentally challenged aide, Matt, is found with blood on his hands. Bonnie investigates a growing trail of blood until Superintendent Xavier Divine demands she cease her investigation or lose her job. But when the murderer nabs her dog, there’s no turning back. Irrational Numbers Leo Quinn came out of the closet five years ago. Now he’s found tied to a barbed-wire fence and shot through the heart on a backstretch of Colorado dirt road. Bonnie Pinkwater is drawn into the investigation when her phone number is found in Leo’s pocket. Bonnie and Principal Lloyd Whittaker start turning over rocks, discovering the target range of Leo’s father, a survivalist and former Marine. Next on the list is Leo’s former fiancée. Also in the mix is Harold T. Dobbs, the intolerant, homosexual-baiting pastor of the Saved by the Blood Pentecostal Tabernacle. And don’t forget Moses Witherspoon and Dwight Furby, empty-headed bigots who were out joyriding the day Leo was murdered.