Pluses and Minuses: How Maths Solves Our Problems (AU Edition)

October 31, 2020
Pluses and Minuses: How Maths Solves Our Problems (AU Edition)

What is the relationship between the number of films NicolasCage appears in and the number of deaths by drowning in swimmingpools?How in 1850s London did John Snow calculate the relationshipbetween the city's water suppliers and the number of deaths fromcholera?Thousands of years ago, the inhabitants of Mesopotamia becamethe first humans to use numbers. Since then, mathematics has becomean unstoppable force. It's behind almost everything, from searchengines to cruise control, from coffee-makers to timetables. Butnow that we hardly ever need to do arithmetic, how relevant ismathematics to everyday life?Drawing on examples within the interconnected fields ofphilosophy, psychology and history, Dr Stefan Buijsman explores therole mathematics plays in the modern world.Stefan Buijsman was born in 1995 and gained a master's degree inphilosophy in Leiden at the age of eighteen, after which he movedfrom Sweden to work on a PhD. Within eighteen months (instead ofthe usual four years) he gained his doctorate, making him one ofthe youngest ever PhDs. He is currently studying the philosophy ofmathematics as a post-doctoral researcher. Along with GovrienOldenburger he is the author of a children's book The Kingdomof Sums (2018). He lives in Amsterdam.Andy Brown is an English translator and editor who has beenliving in the Netherlands for 35 years. He has translated around 20books of non-fiction, specialising in popular science.