3 Volumes
1,200 Pages
175 Photos
Category List
   of Articles
   of Mathematics
Resource Guide
Subject Index
Glossary of Mathematics

This enlightening, well-written set, which has no current competitors, is highly recommended for all public and academic libraries.

The material offers an entirely new way of looking at things.

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Best Reference, 2011

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Math & Society
"This reference work is highly recommended for academic, public, and possibly high school collections."

Editors: Sarah J. Greenwald and Jill E. Thomley
October 2011 · 3 volumes · 1,200 pages · 8"x10"

** Includes Online Database with Print Purchase
ISBN: 978-1-58765-844-0
Print List Price: $395

e-ISBN: 978-1-58765-848-8
eBook Single User Price: $395

Encyclopedia of
Mathematics and Society

A fascinating exploration of how mathematics affects our daily lives in sociological, economic, and historical perspectives.

Mathematics is at the root of modern civilization, from measuring temperature on a frigid day to driving a car to using a digital camera; enthusiasts might say applied mathematics rules the world. The Encyclopedia of Mathematics and Society presents some 490 articles showing the math behind our daily lives, explaining to students how and why math works, and allowing readers to better understand how disciplines such as algebra, geometry, calculus, and others affect what we do every day. This outstanding reference is appropriate for both high school and undergraduate programs, making the content readily accessible to public library patrons as well.

Scope & Coverage
This academic, multi-author reference work serves as a general and non-technical resource for students and teachers to understand the importance of mathematics; to appreciate the influence of mathematics on societies around the world; to learn the history of applied mathematics; and to initiate educational discussion brought forth by the specific social and topical articles presented in the work. The essays in this set fall into one or more of the following broad categories: architecture and engineering; arts, music, and entertainment; business, economics, and marketing; communications and computers; friendship, romance and religion; games, sports, and recreation; government, politics, and history; history and development of curricular concepts; mathematics around the world; mathematics culture and identity; medicine and health; space, time and distance; travel and transportation; and weather, nature, and environment.

Organization & Format
The essays are arranged alphabetically and average one to five pages in length. The articles are written in clear language and presented in a uniform, easily readable format. Every article begins with standard, ready-reference top matter which includes the category, fields of study (such as geometry, measurements, communication) and a brief summary. The heart of the essay is anywhere from two to four pages and discusses the interconnections of mathematics, including its meaning, history and usage. Every essays ends with a detailed list of sources for further reading, and see-also cross-references. In addition, every essay is signed by the original contributor.

Special Features
The front matter of this set includes a list of contributors, a detailed publisher's note, and an introduction by the editors. At the end of volume three readers will find a general bibliography, a detailed time line, a glossary of mathematical terms, and a complete subject index.

And Just for Fun, A Quiz
The following are true-false questions derived from articles in Encyclopedia of Mathematics & Society where virtually everything has its basis in math.

Today we refer to them as "ah-ha moments." The most famous of which was experienced by Archimedes. He cried, "Eureka!" as a result of spilling bath water. True or False? -- (Click for the answer.)

We like to think we're Bugs Bunny but most of us are really Donald Ducks. Donald is no slouch, though. He mastered billiards by subtraction. False? True? -- (To find out, click here.)

A queen bee has a particularly tedious life. In order to distract her from overwhelming boredom, honey bees dance to entertain their queen. True? False? -- (For the answer, click here.)

Focus now. If there are 23 people in a classroom is it likely (there is a better than 50-50 chance) that two of them have the same birthday? Yes or No? -- (To find out how and why, click here.)

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