This is a superb Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities that deserves a place with the classics of the genre. (Mathematics today
The book's goofy and unabashed enthusiasm will charm any interested teenager (Daily Telegraph
interesting and illuminating... (BBC Focus
Stewart has served up the instructive equivalent of a Michelin-starred tasting menu, or perhaps a smorgasbord of appetisers. And of course, appetisers are designed to give you an appetite for more. (Tim Radford Guardian
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A book of mathematical oddities: games, puzzles, facts, numbers and delightful mathematical nibbles for the curious and adventurous mind.
From the Back Cover
'Stewart has served up the instructive equivalent of a Michelin-starred tasting menu' Tim Radford, Guardian
When he was fourteen, Ian Stewart, one of the best known mathematicians alive, started a maths notebook. Like a magpie he collected every interesting thing he could find out about the maths that wasn't taught at school (all the fun and interesting stuff). His notebook became six, then spilled over into Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities
. Open its drawers and discover a fabulous lifetime collection of games, puzzles, stories, jokes and factoids, odd items of mathematical culture, card tricks, things to make and things to do. You'll find out why the M25 is shorter anti-clockwise than clockwise, and what the deal is with Fermat's last theorem, chaos theory, fractals and Penrose patterns, and the real reason you can't divide anything by zero. For seasoned aficionados and adventurous novices alike, nothing can compete with Professor Stewart's tasty assortment of numerical nibbles.
About the Author
Ian Stewart is a Mathematics Professor at Warwick University. His many books include Mathematics of Life, Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities
, and The Science of Discworld
with Terry Pratchett. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, appears frequently on radio and television, and does research on pattern formation and network dynamics.