Science Masters: The Magical Maze: Seeing the World Through Mathematical Eyes Paperback – 7 Dec 1998
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A wonderfully accessible exploration of numbers and mathematics.
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The Magical Maze Entre the magical of mathematics maze and explore the surprising passageways of a fantastical world where logic and imagination converge. For mathematics is a maze--a maze in your head--a maze of ideas, a maze of logic. And that maze in your mind is a powerful tool for understanding an even bigger maze--the maze of cause and effect that we call "the universe." That is its special kind of magic. Real magic. Strange magic. Infinitely fascinating magic. In this adventure of a book, acclaimed author law Stewart leads you swiftly and humorously through the junctions, byways, and secret passages of the magical maze to reveal its beauty, its surprise, and its power. Along the way, he reveals the infinite possibilities that arise from what he calls "the two-way trade between the natural world and the human mind." On your travels you will encounter number magic--both the stage-act variety and the deeper magic of animals, plants, and the physical world. You will come to understand the amazing pattern-forming abilities of the humble slime mold, the numerology of flowers, and the feeding habits of pigs and panthers. You will discover how to solve puzzles the algorithmic way, the artistic way, and the army way. You will be amazed by the deep connections between the founding of Carthage, soap bubbles, and communications networks. You will discover how to use a toy train set as a computer, and find out why this implies that there are unavoidable limits to mathematics. You will join the controversy over cars and goats, find out the terrible truth about confessions, and win endless bets about birthdays. You will see how a new idea about ferns can lead to a multimillion-dollar computer graphics company, and how Jupiter and Mars can combine forces to hurl cosmic rocks at Earth. And you will never again be able to watch a kitten, a kangaroo, or a Chihuahua without noticing the delightfully rhythmic patterns with which they move their feet. If you've always loved mathematics, you will find endless delights in the twists and turns of The Magical Maze. If you've always hated mathematics, a trip through this marvelous book will do much to change your mind. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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As you pass through the maze, you learn about many things, not just mathematical, but also things from the biological world, for example. The text is equally accessible to people with no maths experience as it assumes very little knowledge, but works through everything bit by bit.
All in all, this is a very enjoyable book for anyone wishing to stretch their mind a little, whilst still being a good read, and is thoroughly recommended.
The first three chapters went through relatively easy topics and although having done Engineering Maths at University 20 years ago, I learnt some new techniques. I then found I had to keep reading passages in Chapters 5 and 6 and decided it was not worth it. The subjects were either too difficult for me to understand, therefore the book has failed in what it sets out to do or the writing was confusing again failing to achieve the fundamental rationale for the book. Chapters 7 & 8 might be better but I had lost the will to carry on. As a taster for the authors other work, I'm sorry but I will not be getting any more.
I knew it was bad when I started reading a dead tree book in preference to this. In the end I think I prefer looking at the world through an engineers eyes. It's not bad it's just not great either.
I deleted the book from by kindle and re-downloaded it, in case the original download had been faulty, but the second download has the same faults as the original.
It's a pity, because there could be interesting items, but the kindle version is too untrustworthy to be worth spending any time reading.
If it could be updated, I would again be interested, but for the present all I can do is delete it to free up some space for more reliable books
I found most of this book easy to read and follow, and learn't a few things along the way. It has certainly made me look at things differently!
If like me you don't have a good mathmetics knowledge but want to learn some more, then this could be a good starter book before moving onto more complicated things.
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not what I thought it would be, probably my fault for ordering it.Published 6 months ago by elizabeth P
Not too complex for a person with reasonably good maths skills... possibly a bit hard going for others to understand..Published on 20 Jun. 2014 by MRS V A COOK and MR BERNARD COOK
I liked the first few sections, but felt it tailed off a bit later on.
The structure seemed rather forced at times, which was probably the reason, but still worth a read if... Read more
I downloaded this free for my Kindle, thank goodness. I gather that this book was the basis for a series of Christmas Science lectures, but I sincerely hope that the author did a... Read morePublished on 29 April 2012 by David H, Gloucestershire
An interesting book which when I started reading I thought it may be aimed more at children but as the booked progressed more and more parts made me start to think harder and when... Read morePublished on 19 April 2012 by A. Morgan
Every time I write a detailed review, my kindle stops. Suffice it to say, not only does the author fail drastically in explaining the concepts, but his proofs are merely formulae... Read morePublished on 19 Jan. 2012 by Reader