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Gems of Geometry

Gems of Geometry [Kindle Edition]

John Barnes

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From the reviews: “The content is fairly standard stuff: we learn about the golden ratio, explore Platonic and Archimedian shapes and solids in two and three dimensions … . Each chapter ends with a detailed description of recommended further reading … . The book is illustrated with vibrant colour figures, some produced in stereo … . And there are plenty of exercises and suggestions which encourage you to make or colour in shapes and patterns … . a book designed to be dipped into, explored, enjoyed and savoured.” (Anna Faherty, + Plus Magazine, April, 2011) “This book demonstrates in lively and entertaining way that the geometry is in fact full of beauty and fascination. … final a lot of interesting and remarkable supplements and appendices.” (Erhard Quaisser, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1195, 2010)

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Based on a series of lectures for adult students, this lively and entertaining book proves that, far from being a dusty, dull subject, geometry is in fact full of beauty and fascination. The author's infectious enthusiasm is put to use in explaining many of the key concepts in the field, starting with the Golden Number and taking the reader on a geometrical journey via Shapes and Solids, through the Fourth Dimension, finishing up with Einstein's Theories of Relativity.
Aimed at a general readership, the text makes accessible complex subjects such as Chaos and Fractals. It includes a wealth of the author's own illustrations and features appendices on related topics.
Equally suitable as a gift for a youngster or as a nostalgic journey back into the world of mathematics for older readers, John Barnes' book is the perfect antidote for anyone whose maths lessons at school are a source of painful memories. Where once geometry was a source of confusion and frustration, Barnes brings enlightenment and entertainment.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11151 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg; 1 edition (17 Dec 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LKS9H6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #976,434 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gems is right word for this book 28 July 2010
By Ed Pegg Jr - Published on
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Gems of Geometry, eh? I tried the Search Inside feature here, and everything seemed pretty good, so I finally went and purchased a copy.

There is an astounding amount of great material in this book, all visually enticing, and mathematically deep. Well written explanations, and lots of good facts.

Looking through this, I get the idea that a much longer book was outlined first, and then the duller sections were pared away again and again, until a cohesive, exciting mathematical narrative remained, featuring all the best material of modern mathematics.

Try out the "Surprise Me" option in Search Inside. If you like those random pages, you'll like the whole book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great survey of geometry for the masses 4 Feb 2012
By Marc Mest - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is a popular math book, so the audience is large.

I look at this as one of those boxes of candy with 20 different types inside. Even though you might not like each type of candy, you still find yourself wanting more when the box is empty.

It is an apt metaphor for this book.

Barnes does an excellent job of touching on geometry across thousands of years and a variety of disciplines. He provides just enough of a background and math to educate the reader, without requiring the reader to understand it if they wish to foregoe the math.

There is something for everyone. For me the surface tension was incredible. And the harmony of spheres.

This is not a cheap book, but it is mind candy that will not rot you brain.
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