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"It appears the best use of the text to be as a resource for educators interested in providing individual case studies of applications of mathematics to their students while diving beyond the why and thoroughly into the how."
Mathematical Association of America
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.
This book 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.
What Makes a Calculator Calculate?
Basics of Data Compression, Prefix-Free Codes and Huffman Codes
The JPEG Standard
Global Positioning System (GPS)
Image Processing and Face Recognition
Readership: Advanced high school students, undergraduates and teachers interested in the mathemtics that drive many modern technologies.
The book strikes a delicate balance between relevant common applications and a reasonable dose of mathematics
The mathematical proofs included are written in a way to assist students make a transition to higher level courses where tedious and detailed proofs are required
The reader starts every chapter with a clear expectation on the level of mathematics involved
Chapters are made as independent as possible to give the reader the flexibility to start at any point of the book