The Great Mathematical Problems: Marvels and Mysteries of Mathematics Paperback – 6 Mar 2014
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Stewart's imaginative, often-witty anecdotes, analogies and diagrams succeed in illuminating ... some very difficult ideas. It will enchant math enthusiasts as well as general readers who pay close attention (Kirkus Reviews)
Britain's most brilliant and prolific populariser of mathematics (Alex Bellos Guardian)
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'This is not pure maths. It is maths contaminated with wit, 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. Thoroughly entertaining(New Scientist)
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 (Guardian)
'Britain's foremost populariser of maths' Ian Stewart reveals the ultimate questions that take us to the limits of mathematics - now available in paperback.See all Product Description
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Prospective undergraduates cannot fail to be inspired by this book: it is the best inducement to study mathematics that I've seen in some time, so every school should have at least one copy on the library shelves. Pupils will find perfectly intelligible accounts of extensions of number systems (rings without unique factorisation), elliptic curves, and much more. Of course, many graduates are familiar with Stewart's university texts (Galois Theory, Algebraic Number Theory...)
Just one or two oversights. for example, I didn't think much of the phrase on page 216, which talks of forces generated by a particle's acceleration (it's the other way round). Misprints are mercifully few: eg on page 167 we read of Titchmarsh working in 1986 (long after his demise).
This must be Ian Stewart's most attractive book on popular mathematics.
Personally, I am not, and never have been interested in what is known as applied mathematics, and therefore I have skipped
a number of chapters, such as the Navier-Stokes equations, the Quantum Conundrum, and also the Poincare conjecture, as well as
the Hodge conjecture (never studied cohomlogy!) One cannot be interested in absolutely everything. However, the prolific author, Ian Stewart , obviously, is.
And he presents the material very clearly.
Having been written only some two years ago there are references to recent discoveries in a number of areas that were new to me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great product , arrived promptly . I would recommend this product and company.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
OK but too quick / lacking in detail when discussing quite a few problems which is frustrating.Published 6 months ago by Dan
Ian Stewart has several beautifully written books for non mathematicians, and this book is one of them.Published 16 months ago by Badr A. Albassam
Good read - a little redundant with the many popular texts already on the market but if it is the only one you're getting you' ll enjoy it tremendouslyPublished 17 months ago by George O'Rourke
I have A level maths and found it utterly beyond me. Don't purchase unless you have a degree in maths and need stimulus.Published 20 months ago by BirtleBoy
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