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Math Trek 2: 2: A Mathematical Space Odyssey Paperback – 3 Nov 2000
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From the Back Cover
Take a wild and Wonderful Voyage Through the Universe of Mathematics!
Just imagine how much fun it would be to explore the fourth dimension! Play baseball on an asteroid! Ride an alien bike with square wheels! Let Math Trek 2 take you on an intergalactic excursion as you master dizzying mathematical concepts on your home planet of Earth!
While playing games and solving puzzles, you can explore mind–boggling mental mysteries and investigate hidden patterns in the universe. From strange number sequences and bizarre buckyballs to random walks, youll be amazed at the mathematical concepts youll soon comprehend. So let Math Trek 2 take you on a fantastic space odyssey where you can look for a pi in the sky, get stuck in galactic gridlock, and sail away to the planet of the shapes!
About the Author
IVARS PETERSON is an award–winning mathematics writer and the coauthor of Wileys Math Trek: Adventures in the MathZone. He also writes about mathematics for Science News and Muse magazines. NANCY HENDERSON, who also coauthored the original Math Trek, is a freelance writer and editor whose articles have appeared in Working Woman, New Scientist, Science and Children, and many other publications. Both authors live in Washington, D.C.
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- Fibonacci numbers and finding golden ratios in geometric shapes
- Euler's rule for vertices / edges / faces
- making a buckyball
- great circles around spheres
- square wheeled unicycles
- estimating pi via inscribed hexagons
- random walks in 2 and 3 dimensions
- playing noughts and crosses on a 3D torus (doughnut)
- Pascal's triangle & triangular numbers
- fractals & Sierpinski triangles
Many teachers will already be familiar with most of these, but the book is a useful reference providing step by step instructions.
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I read "Math Trek 2" aloud, as bedtime reading, to my nine-year-old, who enjoyed it very much, and even proved how closely he'd been paying attention by surprising his teacher with a novel, different answer to a series question she'd posed the class, and then explaining his answer so the whole class could understand it.
As an adult, I very much enjoyed such tidbits as *why* the five Platonic solids are called that, and what they meant to Plato. Reading these books is as much fun for me as it is for my child.
The book is marked "Young Adult", but should be entertaining and informative to a wide range of ages. My nine-year-old would not have read it on his own if I had just left it around, though; younger kids probably need an adult's involvement.
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