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Matt Parker is some sort of unholy fusion of a prankster, wizard and brilliant nerd - clever, funny and ever so slightly naughty (Adam Rutherford, author of CREATION)
Essential reading (Observer)
Matt Parker is a lovely, funny, big, dork (Ben Goldacre)
Shows off maths at its most playful and multifarious, ranging from classics like knot theory and ruler-and-compass constructions to more whimsical topics like the topology of beer logos and error-correcting scarves (Jordan Ellenberg, author of HOW NOT TO BE WRONG)
This is the best book on recreational mathematics since Martin Gardner's My Best Mathematical and Logic Puzzles (Harold D. Shane, Mathematics Emeritus, Baruch Coll., CUNY Library Journal)
Originally a maths teacher from Australia, Matt Parker now lives in Guildford in a house full of almost every retro video-game console ever made. He is fluent in binary and could write your name in a sequence of 0s and 1s in seconds.When he's not working as the Public Engagement in Mathematics Fellow at Queen Mary University of London, he'll be doing stand-up or converting photographs into Excel spreadsheets.
I gave up very early into this book as I found it most uninterestingly written. So this is probably an unfair review!Published 13 days ago by Lady reader
...Er, no we haven't and this is a delightful addition to the list.
I am a sucker for books like this, so much so that it was with almost a degree of trepidation that I even... Read more
Although I didn't understand it all, it definitely made me think about how different and fun maths can be in comparison to my GCSE maths :-)Published 1 month ago by Sophie Kirkwood
A real fun book, with very practical applications. Like why you will never knot your electric cables again providing you join the two ends up and therefore form a close loop. Read morePublished 1 month ago by pete
Only read one chapter so far - threw up an interesting challenge.Published 1 month ago by V A Skinner
An amazing book full of funny and interesting anecdotes. It reminded me of why I love this subject - and why it is essential to bring Maths to life in the classroom. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Maths Teacher
Maths itself is difficult to understand, but in a good way. Explanations of it don't have to be, as this book shows. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer