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Love Triangle: How Trigonometry Shapes the World (Hardcover)

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An ode to triangles, the shape that makes our lives possible
 
Trigonometry is perhaps the most essential concept humans have ever devised. The simple yet versatile triangle allows us to record music, map the world, launch rockets into space, and be slightly less bad at pool. Triangles underpin our day-to-day lives and civilization as we know it.
 
In Love Triangle, Matt Parker argues we should all show a lot more love for triangles, along with all the useful trigonometry and geometry they enable. To prove his point, he uses triangles to create his own digital avatar, survive a harrowing motorcycle ride, cut a sandwich, fall in love, measure tall buildings in a few awkward bounds, and make some unusual art. Along the way, he tells extraordinary and entertaining stories of the mathematicians, engineers, and philosophers—starting with Pythagoras—who dared to take triangles seriously.
 
This is the guide you should have had in high school—a lively and definitive answer to “Why do I need to learn about trigonometry?” Parker reveals triangles as the hidden pattern beneath the surface of the contemporary world. Like love, triangles actually are all around. And in the air. And they’re all you need.

About the Author


Matt Parker is a stand-up comedian and a YouTuber with over one hundred million views. He is the author of the international bestseller Humble Pi and Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension. Matt is also frequently seen, heard, and read on the Science Channel, on BBC radio, and in The Guardian, in that order. He has previously held world records for both the Rubik’s Cube and Space Invaders. In the pursuit of math, Matt has: flipped a coin 10,000 times, traveled to Antarctica, memorized π to hundreds of digits, and been bitten by a bullet ant in the Amazon rainforest. Matt has given math lectures at Cambridge University, Oxford University, Harvard University, and Lake Monger Primary School.

Praise For…


Praise for Love Triangle

“Matt Parker has made me laugh about math many times by showing just how weird it can get. He’s also made me cry about math by showing how transcendently beautiful it is.” —Adam Savage, MythBusters co-host and author of Every Tool’s a Hammer

Love Triangle is a blissful blend of pure science and pure merriment. Edifying, entertaining, excellent!” —Alex James, food writer and Blur bass player
 
“Fine. Triangles are now my favorite shape.” —Hannah Fry, author of Hello World


Praise for Matt Parker and his books


“Parker is consistently very funny . . . highly entertaining.” The Guardian
 
“[Humble Pi is] a fascinating and deeply surprising journey into the hilarious and sometimes tragic realm of mathematical error. Brilliant.” —Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist and Messy

“Fun, informative, and relentlessly entertaining, Humble Pi is a charming and very readable guide to some of humanity’s all-time greatest miscalculations.” —Ryan North, author of How to Invent Everything

Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension shows off math at its most playful and multifarious.” —Jordan Ellenberg, author of How Not to Be Wrong

“Matt Parker is some sort of unholy fusion of prankster, wizard, and brilliant nerd—math is rarely this clever, funny, and ever so slightly naughty.” —Adam Rutherford, author of A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived


Product Details
ISBN: 9780593418109
ISBN-10: 0593418107
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: August 20th, 2024
Pages: 336
Language: English

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