Thousands of years ago the inhabitants of Mesopotamia became the first to use numbers. Since then, mathematics has been unstoppable. It’s behind almost everything from search engines to cruise control, from coffee makers to timetables. But now that we hardly ever need to do arithmetic, how relevant is maths to everyday life?
Pluses an Minuses demonstrates the vital role that maths plays in human endeavor. It begins with the skills we all possess from birth, to arrive at the many applications of maths today. It turns out that without knowledge of ideas behind numerical calculations we find ourselves sidelined.
Stefan answers questions such as: What is life without numbers? Does maths add anything? Is its usefulness mere chance? How can we get a grip on uncertainty? An even, can math help us to treat cancer more effectively?
In this richly entertaining guide, Stefan makes connections between philosophy, psychology and history, while explaining how the wonderful world of mathematics is for absolutely everyone.