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# The Mathematical Mechanic: Using Physical Reasoning to Solve Problems

## Mark Levi

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Everybody knows that mathematics is indispensable to physics--imagine where we'd be today if Einstein and Newton didn't have the math to back up their ideas. But how many people realize that physics can be used to produce many astonishing and strikingly elegant solutions in mathematics? Mark Levi shows how in this delightful book, treating readers to a host of entertaining problems and mind-bending puzzlers that will amuse and inspire their inner physicist. Levi turns math and physics upside down, revealing how physics can simplify proofs and lead to quicker solutions and new theorems, and how physical solutions can illustrate why ... Read more

**The Mathematical Mechanic: Using Physical Reasoning to Solve Problems**Paperback. Did you know it's possible to derive the Pythagorean theorem by spinning a fish tank filled with water? Or that the line of best fit for a data set can be found using a mechanical contraption made from a rod and springs? This title demonstrates how to use physical intuition to solve these and other math problems. Num Pages: 200 pages, 56 halftones. 66 line illus. 1 table. BIC Classification: PBW; PDZM; PHU. Category: (G) General (US: Trade); (U) Tertiary Education (US: College). Dimension: 154 x 234 x 15. Weight in Grams: 362.Everybody knows that mathematics is indispensable to physics--imagine where we'd be today if Einstein and Newton didn't have the math to back up their ideas. But how many people realize that physics can be used to produce many astonishing and strikingly elegant solutions in mathematics? Mark Levi shows how in this delightful book, treating readers to a host of entertaining problems and mind-bending puzzlers that will amuse and inspire their inner physicist. Levi turns math and physics upside down, revealing how physics can simplify proofs and lead to quicker solutions and new theorems, and how physical solutions can illustrate why ... Read more

### Product Details

Publisher

Princeton University Press

Number of pages

200

Format

Paperback

Publication date

2012

Condition

New

Weight

362g

Number of Pages

200

Place of Publication

New Jersey, United States

ISBN

9780691154565

SKU

V9780691154565

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About

**Mark Levi**

Mark Levi is professor of mathematics at Pennsylvania State University and the author of Why Cats Land on Their Feet (Princeton).

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**The Mathematical Mechanic: Using Physical Reasoning to Solve Problems**

One of Amazon.com science editors' Top 10 list for Science, Best for 2009 One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2009 "The Mathematical Mechanic documents novel ways of viewing physics as a method of understanding mathematics. Levi uses physical arguments as tools to conjecture about mathematical concepts before providing rigorous proofs... The Mathematical Mechanic is an excellent display of creative, ... Read more