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4.8 out of 5 stars
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4.8 out of 5 stars

on 24 December 2000
This book gives the reader a chance to experience a wide variety of quite advanced mathematics, and interact with these topics through puzzles set for the reader. These topics are presented in a very reader friendly way, interwining the mathematics into quite humourous and entertaining stories. The book hides very interesting mathematics behind these stories, which also prompt the reader to think further. An excellent, well-crafted book.
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on 12 January 2011
Game, Set & Math is a collection of pieces that Ian Stewart wrote for Pour la Science, the French edition of Scientific American. If you are familiar with his Mathematical Curiosities or his Hoard of Mathematical Treasures, then you already know the engaging style with which he makes even difficult mathematics accessible for a broad readership. Game, Set & Math has however substantially fewer topics ("only" twelve) than the other two books, but they are discussed much more deeply. It can be regarded as a predecessor to his Math Hysteria and How to Cut a Cake. I particularly liked the chapter on the random walk with absorbing boundaries called The Drunken Tennis-Player. It shows why a tennis-player that is only slightly better than his opponent almost always wins their matches. The bridges of Köningsberg, Fermat's last theorem, the Sierpinski gasket, the Möbius band, and the Klein bottle will be familiar to many readers, but the book shows surprising links with other areas of mathematics. Most chapters have exercises or suggestions to explore the topic of the chapter in more depth. Each chapter has also a list of references for further reading. This is an excellent book if you are interested in recreational mathematics and like to do some work in it yourself.
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on 8 January 2016
Good book for reviving maths approach to puzzles.
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on 23 October 2014
It's great!
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