Coincidences, Chaos, and All That Math Jazz

Making Light of Weighty Ideas

Edward B. Burger (Author), Michael Starbird (Author)


“A profusely illustrated, bemusingly unorthodox introduction to math.”—Booklist

A book for the eternally curious, Coincidences fuses a professor’s understanding of the hidden mathematical skeleton of the universe with the sensibility of a stand-up comedian, making life’s big questions accessible and compelling. Each chapter opens with a surprising insight—not a mathematic formula, but a common observation. From there, the authors leapfrog over math and anecdote toward profound ideas about nature, art, and music. Coincidences is a book for lovers of puzzles and posers of outlandish questions, lapsed math aficionados and the formula-phobic alike.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • October 2006
  • ISBN 978-0-393-32931-5
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 288 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“I once had a math teacher who used to throw books at us. If only this had been one of them.” — Ben Longstaff, New Scientist

“Informative, intelligent, and refreshingly irreverent. A roller-coaster ride along the frontiers of today’s mathematics, and anyone can climb on board. I enjoyed it immensely.” — Ian Stewart, author of Flatterland

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