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Imagine algebra class meets The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy...Meet JJ, an unusual character with a unique vantage position from which he can measure and monitor humanity's progress. Armed with a device that compels all around it to tell the truth, JJ offers a satirical evaluation of our attitudes to numeracy and logic, touching upon several aspects of life on Earth along the way, from the criminal justice system and people's use of language to highway driving and modern art. A collection of mathematically-flavored stories and jokes, interlaced with puzzles, paradoxes and problems, fuse together in an entertaining, free-flowing narrative that will engage and amuse anyone with an interest in the issues confronting society today. JJ demonstrates how a lack of elementary mathematical kwledge can taint our work and general thinking and reflects upon the importance of what is arguably our most valuable weapon against igrance: a sound mathematical education.
Christian Constanda, MS, PhD, DSc, is the holder of The Charles W. Oliphant Endowed Chair in Mathematical Sciences at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma, USA, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, and the chairman of the International Consortium for Integral Methods in Science and Engineering. An accomplished classroom performer on three continents, he has also served as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation in the areas of mathematical sciences and mathematics education. Constanda is the author, editor, or translator of 14 research books, and the author of over 120 peer-reviewed articles. In 2002, his textbook on partial differential equations was selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by the Choice magazine of the American Library Association.
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25 black & white illustrations, 12 black & white tables, biography