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Professor Stewart's Hoard of Mathematical Treasures [Kindle Edition]

Ian Stewart
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Pitched at the perfect difficulty level ... clearly and intelligently written ... Anyone with a slight geeky bent to them, whether they be adult or teenager, will find plenty to edify, tickle and tantalise them. It'd make a wonderful present ... I can't wait for the next volume. Highly recommended. (Bookbag)

There are jokes, puns, hints on code-breaking and a dollop of the unexpected. You won't have learned any of this in school but if you have a mathematical bent and a logical mind you will soon be teasing out the answers. (Good Book Guide)

An ideal present for anyone addicted to Sudoku-like puzzles and beginning to wonder what might lie beyond (Spectator)

This is not pure maths. It is maths contaminated with whit, wisdom, and wonder. Ian really is unsurpassed as raconteur of the world of numbers. He guides us on a mind-boggling journey from the ultra trivial to the profound. (Jeremy Webb New Scientist)

A perfect gift for a clever child (Daily Telegraph)

As the professor darts randomly from 'digital cubes' to 'the hairy ball theorem' with boundless playful curiosity, even those with only a sluggish interest in maths will find something to amuse and amaze (Sunday Telegraph 2010-11-07)

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'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 new trove of entrancing numbers and delightful mathematical nibbles for adventurous minds

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Ian Stewart, author of the bestselling Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities, presents a new and magical mix of games, puzzles, paradoxes, brainteasers, and riddles. He mingles these with forays into ancient and modern mathematical thought, appallingly hilarious mathematical jokes, and enquiries into the great mathematical challenges of the present and past. Amongst a host of arcane and astonishing facts about every kind of number from irrational or imaginary to complex or cuneiform, we find out: how to organise chaos; how matter balances anti-matter; how to turn a sphere inside out (without creasing it ...); why you can't comb a hairy ball; how to calculate pi by observing the stars. And we get some tantalising glimpses of the maths of life and the universe.





Mind-stretching, enlightening and endlessly amusing, Professor Stewart's new entertainment will stimulate, delight, and enthral.

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Ian Stewart, author of the bestselling Professor Stewart's Cabniet of Mathematical Curiosities, presents a new and magical mix of games, puzzles, paradoxes, brainteasers, and riddles. Again taken from his own treasure house of mathematical delights, these are the things you won't have learned in mathes at school - things that are marvellous, mysterious, unexpected, fun. He mingles these with forays into ancient and modern mathematical thought, mathematical jokes, and enquiries into the great mathematical challenges of the present and past. Among a host of arcane and astonishing facts about every kind of number, from irrational or imaginary to complex or cuneiform, we find out how matter balances anti-matter, the secrets of the great global warming swindle (or is it...?), how to work out the surface area of an ostrich egg, what Leonhard Euler had to do with pirates and who invented the equals sign. On the way we learn how to make and break codes, how to feed a greedy algorithm and what happened when the probability theorist William Feller tried to get a table through a doorway. This hoard of mathematical gems and marvellous explanations is scattered with tantalising glimpses of the maths of life and the universe. Mind-stretching, enlightening and endlessly amusing for hardened expert or cautious newcomer, Professor Stewart's new entertainment will stimulate, delight and enthrall.

From the Back Cover

'For anyone addicted to Sudoku-like puzzles and beginning to wonder what might lie beyond' Spectator'Maths contaminated with wit, wisdom, and wonder' New ScientistIan Stewart, author of the bestselling Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities, presents another magical mix of games, puzzles, paradoxes, brainteasers and riddles, mingled with forays into ancient and modern mathematical thought, appalling mathematical jokes and enquiries into the great mathematical challenges of the past and present. Amid a host of astonishing facts we find out:How codes are made and how to break themHow matter balances anti-matterHow falling cats land on their feetHow to turn a sphere inside out (without creasing it)Mind-stretching, enlightening and endlessly amusing, Professor Stewart's new entertainment will tease, tantalise and delight - and keep you on your toes.

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 trilogy 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.
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