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Translated by Andy Brown
What is the relationship between the number of films Nicolas Cage appears in and the number of deaths by drowning in swimming pools?
How in 1850s London did John Snow calculate the relationship between the city’s water suppliers and the number of deaths from cholera?
Thousands of years ago, the inhabitants of Mesopotamia became the first humans to use numbers. Since then, mathematics has become an unstoppable force. 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 mathematics to everyday life?
Drawing on examples within the interconnected fields of philosophy, psychology and history, Dr Stefan Buijsman explores the role mathematics plays in the modern world.
‘From Netflix’s Numbers to the Maths of Manhattan, Buijsman’s book gets one big plus from me!’