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This journey across the spectrum of human activities takes a creative look at the role mathematics has played since prehistoric times. From its many uses in medicine and its appearance in artwork to its patterns in nature and its central role in the development of computers, mathematics is presented in a fun-to-read, nonthreatening manner.

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Among books that present general mathematical ideas to the general public, Mathematical Footprints is among the best. Pappas offers 50 short essays of three to five pages each, arranged in independent sections. Topics range from the classical golden ratio to the futuristic--fuzzy numbers, solutions, and global positioning. Indeed, one strength of the book is its treatment of many new, modern ideas dependent on mathematics. Another strength is Pappas's presentation style: brevity, clear explanation, and absence of mathematical rigor that so often bog down mathematics books for lay readers. Photographs and sketches are numerous. Unfortunately, the book has technical errors that copyediting did not eliminate. A good choice for public and academic libraries as supplementary reading for general mathematics courses that help liberal arts students understand "what mathematics is good for." Undergraduates. W. R. Lee; Iowa State University

### Table of Contents

Introduction | p. ix |

Early mathematics artifacts | p. 1 |

The very pervasive golden ratio | p. 5 |

Seeing is not believing | p. 9 |

Mathematics and your money | p. 13 |

Mathematics - the framework of architecture | p. 18 |

Hyperspace and beyond | p. 20 |

Mathematics and cubism | p. 25 |

Le grande arche | p. 30 |

The mathematical pandora's box | p. 34 |

Mathematics and the body | p. 37 |

Will computers take the quatum leap? | p. 42 |

Mathematics, Guggenheim Bilbao and Frank Gehry | p. 46 |

The Pythagorean theorem--the survivor | p. 51 |

Rings, helices, and dolphins | p. 55 |

The art of Claude Monet | p. 59 |

How knots are tied to mathematics | p. 63 |

Chinese remainder theorem--a problem fromthe past | p. 68 |

Solitons | p. 73 |

Mathematics of weather forecasting | p. 78 |

Mathematics and the architecture of Arata Isozaki | p. 83 |

Fuzzy numbers | p. 89 |

Mathematics and the art of Alexander Calder | p. 93 |

Wavelets | p. 98 |

The longitude problem | p. 102 |

Mathematics is in the creases | p. 110 |

Mathematics and nature's formations | p. 115 |

Mathematics and the architecture of the pyramids | p. 119 |

Cellular automata--pixels of life | p. 123 |

Art-manifeste | p. 127 |

Mathematics finds its way around mazes | p. 129 |

Meter is a meter, is a meter, or is it? | p. 133 |

Molecular computers | p. 138 |

A mathematical looks at the art of Cezanne | p. 141 |

Where am I? - mathematics and the global positioning system | p. 145 |

Mathematics in literature | p. 149 |

Crime and complexity | p. 154 |

A mathematical look at time | p. 158 |

The universe--what's with it anyway | p. 164 |

Numbers help nail errors | p. 168 |

Mathematics and the art of Tony Robbin | p. 173 |

Have we heard the last of Fermat's last theorem? | p. 178 |

Mathematics and the game of life | p. 183 |

Mathematics and the architecture of SFMOMA | p. 187 |

Music, matter and mathematics | p. 191 |

Nanotechnology is big stuff!! | p. 196 |

Soft computing | p. 203 |

It's crystal clear, or is it? quasicrystals and Penrose tiles | p. 208 |

Smart machines | p. 214 |

Appendix | p. 219 |

Index | p. 221 |

Bibliography | p. 224 |

About the author | p. 227 |