How do dating sites match compatible partners What do cell phones and sea coasts have in common And why do computer scientists keep ant colonies Jeff Suzuki answers these questions and in Patently Mathematical, which explores the mathematics behind some of the key inventions that have changed our worldIn recent years, patents based on mathematics have been issued by the thousands from search engines and image recognition technology to educational software and LEGO designs Suzuki delves into the details of cutting edge devices, programs, and products to show how even the simplest mathematical principles can be turned into patentable ideas worth billions of dollars Readers will discover whether secure credit cards are really secure how improved data compression made streaming video services like Netflix a hit the mathematics behind self correcting golf balls why Google is such an effective and popular search engine how eHarmony and Match find the perfect partner for those seeking a mate and much A gifted writer who combines quirky historical anecdotes with relatable, everyday examples, Suzuki makes math interesting for everyone who likes to ponder the world of numerical relationshipsPraise for Jeff Suzuki s Constitutional Calculus Presents an entertaining and insightful approach to the mathematics that underlies the American system of government The book is neatly organized, breaking down the United States Constitution by article, section, and amendment Within each piece, Suzuki reviews the mathematical principles that went into the underlying framework Mathematical Reviews A breath of fresh air A reaffirmation that mathematics should be used often to make general public policy MAA Reviews


10 thoughts on “Patently Mathematical: Picking Partners, Passwords, and Careers by the Numbers

  1. Darrenglass Darrenglass says:

    Suzuki is a good writer and does a good job explaining some interesting mathematics, but I would have preferred a deeper dive into fewer topics, or at least acohesive overall narrative.


  2. Jeffrey Jeffrey says:

    Suzuki does an adequate job here explaining the mathematics behind the systems But at times the pacing can be a bit inconsistent some areas feel over explained, others at times under explained For example, the chapter on RSA was brilliantly explained, as was the chapter on image compression these were able to give a layperson a good understanding of the concepts and mathematics behind it in an extremely readable way However, in contrast I found the last chapter a bit disappointing this Suzuki does an adequate job here explaining the mathematics behind the systems But at times the pacing can be a bit inconsistent some areas feel over explained, others at times under explained For example, the chapter on RSA was brilliantly explained, as was the chapter on image compression these were able to give a layperson a good understanding of the concepts and mathematics behind it in an extremely readable way However, in contrast I found the last chapter a bit disappointing this may be due to my own mathematical deficiencies, but I found that large gaps in knowledge were skipped over and assumed This makes this book hard to recommend for anyone without a solid mathematical background.Lastly though, Suzuki makes some excellent points regarding patent policy and mathematics These relate to the fact that mathematics is not something that can easily be invented and this overly broad patents risk stymieing innovation His suggestion that the patent office look into hiringmathematicians reflects a broader shift in society as we move to acomputerised age to embrace STEM in all its forms


  3. Aiman Adlawan Aiman Adlawan says:

    It is interesting to know how mathematicians use their genius to create a product from a math equation and apply a patent from it It is an interesting book It tells so many things about technological innovations that were improvised out of a math equation and the mathematicians behind it Jeff Suzuki really knows a lot about this topic This book is an easy read and it does have some equations you have to read and understand but not difficult to grasp for my part Great book.