The Mathematics That Power Our World: How Is It Made?
is an attempt to unveil the hidden mathematics behind the functioning
of many of the devices we use on a daily basis. For the past years,
discussions on the best approach in teaching and learning mathematics
have shown how much the world is divided on this issue. The one reality
we seem to agree on globally is the fact that our new generation is
lacking interest and passion for the subject. One has the impression
that the vast majority of young students finishing high school or in
their early post-secondary studies are more and more divided into two
main groups when it comes to the perception of mathematics. The first
group looks at mathematics as a pure academic subject with little
connection to the real world. The second group considers mathematics as a
set of tools that a computer can be programmed to use and thus, a basic
knowledge of the subject is sufficient. This book serves as a middle
ground between these two views. Many of the elegant and seemingly
theoretical concepts of mathematics are linked to state-of-the-art
technologies. The topics of the book are selected carefully to make that
link more relevant. They include: digital calculators, basics of data
compression and the Huffman coding, the JPEG standard for data
compression, the GPS system studied both from the receiver and the
satellite ends, image processing and face recognition.
is a great resource for mathematics educators in high schools, colleges
and universities who want to engage their students in advanced readings
that go beyond the classroom discussions. It is also a solid foundation
for anyone thinking of pursuing a career in science or engineering. All
efforts were made so that the exposition of each topic is as clear and
self-contained as possible and thus, appealing to anyone trying to
broaden his mathematical horizons.
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ISBN : 9789814730860
Language : English
Formats : epub ,
mobi , PDF
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