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Herrmann, Norbert
The beauty of everyday mathematics.
New York, NY: Copernicus Books (ISBN 9783642221033/pbk; 9783642221040/ebook). xiv, 138~p. (2012).
2012
New York, NY: Copernicus Books
EN
M10
A80
U40
everyday mathematics
mathematical applications
practical geometry problems
optimisation problems in everyday situations
applications of elementary functions
popular mathematics
doi:10.1007/9783642221040
This book presents 13 different mathematical problems arising from everyday situations (car driving and parking, camping, sports, even barvisits and observing legs of other people on the street). All chosen problems have a practical aspect, and their mathematization is presented in a clear way. Although, atypically for most popular maths books, the solutions of the selected problems include a fair share of formulas, this does not lessen the readability of the book, it in fact increases its quality as it makes it a relatively rare example of simultaneously popular and formalcalculationscontaining mathematical text. Still, it does assume a secondaryschoollevel background in mathematics (basic trigonometry, elementary calculus concepts, standard schoollevel algebra). A reader with such background will be rewarded by a choice of interesting and/or amusing practical problems rarely found in popular mathematics texts, exposed in a clear and interesting way from the problem situation, over its mathematization and complete solution, to example interpretations of the solution and sidecomments that complete the picture and can help the less mathematically inclined to understand the final solution even if they do not understand the full solution process. As such, the book is of interest not only to the general public, but also particularly to secondary school and university level mathematics teachers who want to find interesting, practical and solvable problems for introducing students to mathematical modeling.
Franka Miriam Bruckler (Zagreb)