Michael Brooks holds a PhD in quantum physics and is a science author, journalist, and broadcaster. As a consultant writer at New Scientist magazine, he is the author of numerous books, including The Quantum Astrologer’s Handbook; Hollywood Wants to Kill You; Science(ish); At The Edge of Uncertainty; The Secret Anarchy of Science; The Big Questions in Physics; Entanglement; 13 Things That Don't Make Sense, and Quantum Computing and Communications. His 2022 book is titled The Art of More: How Mathematics Created Civilization.
The quadratic formula isn't just something that teachers use to torture algebra students. The Babylonians once used it to calculate taxes.
Math offers good evidence that humans can solve any problem — as long as there’s money in it.