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on 24 May 2010
Math Hysteria, and its follow-up How to Cut a Cake, are great books if you are interested in recreational mathematics and are not a mathematician but have a decent background in mathematics. The books has fewer topics than Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities, but they are discussed much more deeply. They are also not so well known, but they are certainly highly interesting. For example, the first chapter is on statements that initially seem to contain no information at all, but, once you take into account what other people involved know, allow one to deduce everything that there is to know. Moreover, there are two chapters on the game Monopoly, a chapter on how to cut up a figure and to use the pieces to form a different shape, a chapter on sums of squares that form a square, a chapter on how to light with a candle a room with mirrors, and many others. If you want to know more of the topics in the book, it even has a list of references for further reading.
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on 4 June 2011
Bought this book hoping my 18 year old son would find it interesting, but to no avail. Too difficult for him to understand, really. I gave it to his maths teacher, who loves it.
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on 7 October 2015
This was a Birthday present and it pleased the recipient!
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on 8 October 2013
A very good book, teaches you a very good understanding, and has some subtle humour I like it a lot, would definitely recommend!!!!!
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on 3 July 2004
Math Hysteria is a book eith lots of subjects in. It is not a book which should be read like it explains the whole topic because it is like an introduction to lots of topics. It is very useful because it has a further reading page which tells you what to read if you have enjoyed one of the chapters, and want to find out more.
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on 21 November 2010
Does professor Stewart have a problem spelling "maths"? It is spelt incorrectly on the book cover.

Overall, I'm a great fan of his books, but I'm also a fan of good spelling.

Mark.
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