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How to Free Your Inner MathematicianNotes on Mathematics and Life$
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Susan D'Agostino

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198843597

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198843597.001.0001

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Find the right match, as with binary numbers and computers

Find the right match, as with binary numbers and computers

(p.43) 6 Find the right match, as with binary numbers and computers
How to Free Your Inner Mathematician

Susan D'Agostino

Oxford University Press

“Find the right match, as with binary numbers and computers” offers a non-technical introduction to binary numbers—an alternative to decimal numbers that is well suited to computers. Readers learn how to covert a decimal number into a binary number and a binary number into a decimal number by way of numerous hand-drawn illustrations of turned-on and turned-off light bulbs. Readers also make sense of the humor behind the joke that states, “there are 10 kinds of people in the world: those who understand binary numbers and those who do not.” Mathematics students and enthusiasts are encouraged to work to arrive at a place where they gain facility with binary numbers as practice for gaining agility in searching for the right fit in mathematics and life. At the chapter’s end, readers may check their understanding by working on a problem. A solution is provided.

Keywords:   binary numbers, decimal numbers, 10 kinds of people, math, student

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