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Shape : the hidden geometry of information, biology, strategy, democracy, and everything else / Jordan Ellenberg.

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  • 4 of 4 copies available at Sage Library System.

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How should a democracy choose its representatives? How can you stop a pandemic from sweeping the world? How do computers learn to play Go, and why is learning Go so much easier for them than learning to read a sentence? Can ancient Greek proportions predict the stock market? (Sorry, no.) What should your kids learn in school if they really want to learn to think? All these are questions about geometry. For real. If you're like most people, geometry is a sterile and dimly remembered exercise you gladly left behind in the dust of ninth grade, along with your braces and active romantic interest in pop singers. If you recall any of it, it's plodding through a series of miniscule steps only to prove some fact about triangles that was obvious to you in the first place. That's not geometry. Okay, it is geometry, but only a tiny part, which has as much to do with geometry in all its flush modern richness as conjugating a verb has to do with a great novel. Shape reveals the geometry underneath some of the most important scientific, political, and philosophical problems we face. Geometry asks: Where are things? Which things are near each other? How can you get from one thing to another thing? Those are important questions. The word geometry, from the Greek for measuring the world. If anything, that's an undersell. Geometry doesn't just measure the world--it explains it. Shape shows us how. -- from book jacket.
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Baker County Library 516 .E452s 2021 (Text) 37814003423184 NON-FICTION - NEW Book System_Only_3months 09/21/2021 Available -
Cook Memorial Library - La Grande 516 E452 (Text) 35178001826125 New Adult Non-Fiction Book Branch_Only_3months 07/16/2021 Available -
Sherman County Public/School Library 516 ELL (Text) 37039000193560 NON-FICTION Book Branch_Only_3months 08/06/2021 Available -
The Dalles Wasco County Library 516 ELL (Text) 33892006663034 NEW BOOKS New/High Demand None 05/26/2021 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781984879059
  • ISBN: 1984879057
  • ISBN: 9780593299739
  • Physical Description: 463 pages : illustrations, maps, charts ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, [2021]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 427-444) and index.
Summary, etc.:
How should a democracy choose its representatives? How can you stop a pandemic from sweeping the world? How do computers learn to play Go, and why is learning Go so much easier for them than learning to read a sentence? Can ancient Greek proportions predict the stock market? (Sorry, no.) What should your kids learn in school if they really want to learn to think? All these are questions about geometry. For real. If you're like most people, geometry is a sterile and dimly remembered exercise you gladly left behind in the dust of ninth grade, along with your braces and active romantic interest in pop singers. If you recall any of it, it's plodding through a series of miniscule steps only to prove some fact about triangles that was obvious to you in the first place. That's not geometry. Okay, it is geometry, but only a tiny part, which has as much to do with geometry in all its flush modern richness as conjugating a verb has to do with a great novel. Shape reveals the geometry underneath some of the most important scientific, political, and philosophical problems we face. Geometry asks: Where are things? Which things are near each other? How can you get from one thing to another thing? Those are important questions. The word geometry, from the Greek for measuring the world. If anything, that's an undersell. Geometry doesn't just measure the world--it explains it. Shape shows us how. -- from book jacket.
Subject: Geometry.
Shapes.

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