How Round Is Your Circle? Where Engineering and Mathematics Meet

November 27, 2008

How Round Is Your Circle? Where Engineering and Mathematics Meet

Authors: John Bryant and Chris Sangwin

Edition: First

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Pages: 352

Price: £17.95

ISBN 9780691131184

This uses elementary geometry and trigonometry to guide readers through paper-and-pencil reconstructions of mathematical problems and how to construct physical models. It explains how applied mathematics and engineering work together to solve problems that range from keeping a piston aligned in its cylinder to ensuring that automotive driveshafts rotate smoothly.

Who is it for? Undergraduate mathematicians or engineers with an interest in practical problems.

Presentation: Interesting engineering problems presented lucidly with fascinating historical background.

Would you recommend it? Unreservedly. It complements the usual focus on more abstract maths and will enthuse readers.

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