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Errors, Blunders, and Lies: How to Tell the Difference

David Salsburg
April 19, 2017

We live in a world that is not quite "right." The central tenet of statistical inquiry is that Observation = Truth + Error because even the most careful of scientific investigations have always been bedeviled by uncertainty. Our attempts to measure things are plagued with small errors. Our attempts...

Research Methodologies for Beginners

Kitsakorn Locharoenrat
April 03, 2017

This textbook introduces the general points of view of research methodology in the scientific and engineering fields of studies and presents an overview of the technical and professional communication needed for article publication in journals. It comprises several practice exercises that will give...

Exploring Geometry, Second Edition

Michael Hvidsten
December 05, 2016

This text promotes student engagement with the beautiful ideas of geometry. Every major concept is introduced in its historical context and connects the idea with real-life. A system of experimentation followed by rigorous explanation and proof is central. Exploratory projects play an integral role...

Introduction to Probability with Texas Hold ’em Examples, Second Edition

Frederic Paik Schoenberg
November 28, 2016

Introduction to Probability with Texas Hold’em Examples illustrates both standard and advanced probability topics using the popular poker game of Texas Hold’em, rather than the typical balls in urns. The author uses students’ natural interest in poker to teach important concepts in probability....

Quarks, Leptons and the Big Bang, Third Edition

Jonathan Allday
November 22, 2016

Quarks, Leptons and The Big Bang, Third Edition, is a clear, readable and self-contained introduction to particle physics and related areas of cosmology. It bridges the gap between non-technical popular accounts and textbooks for advanced students. The book concentrates on presenting the subject...

Sports Math: An Introductory Course in the Mathematics of Sports Science and Sports Analytics

Roland B. Minton
October 18, 2016

Can you really keep your eye on the ball? How is massive data collection changing sports? Sports science courses are growing in popularity. The author’s course at Roanoke College is a mix of physics, physiology, mathematics, and statistics. Many students of both genders find it exciting to think...

3D Origami Art

Jun Mitani
May 24, 2016

Easily Create Origami with Curved Folds and Surfaces Origami—making shapes only through folding—reveals a fascinating area of geometry woven with a variety of representations. The world of origami has progressed dramatically since the advent of computer programs to perform the necessary...

An Invitation to Knot Theory: Virtual and Classical

Heather A. Dye
March 08, 2016

The Only Undergraduate Textbook to Teach Both Classical and Virtual Knot Theory An Invitation to Knot Theory: Virtual and Classical gives advanced undergraduate students a gentle introduction to the field of virtual knot theory and mathematical research. It provides the foundation for students to...

Why String Theory?

Joseph Conlon
November 24, 2015

Physics World's 'Book of the Year' for 2016 An Entertaining and Enlightening Guide to the Who, What, and Why of String Theory, now also available in an updated reflowable electronic format compatible with mobile devices and e-readers. During the last 50 years, numerous physicists have tried to...

Mathematics in Games, Sports, and Gambling: The Games People Play, Second Edition

Ronald J. Gould
November 02, 2015

Mathematics in Games, Sports, and Gambling: The Games People Play, Second Edition demonstrates how discrete probability, statistics, and elementary discrete mathematics are used in games, sports, and gambling situations. With emphasis on mathematical thinking and problem solving, the text draws on...

From Computing to Computational Thinking

Paul S. Wang
October 09, 2015

Computational Thinking (CT) involves fundamental concepts and reasoning, distilled from computer science and other computational sciences, which become powerful general mental tools for solving problems, increasing efficiency, reducing complexity, designing procedures, or interacting with humans...

Six Simple Twists: The Pleat Pattern Approach to Origami Tessellation Design

Benjamin DiLeonardo-Parker
September 10, 2015

Get Started with Tessellation Folding Six Simple Twists: The Pleat Pattern Approach to Origami Tessellation Design explains the process of designing an origami pattern. It answers the questions "how is a tessellation folded" and "what are the further possibilities." The author introduces an...