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Posted February 9, 2004
A wonderful book, even for those with considerable mathematical training. Using no more than arithmetic, Sherman Stein carefully illustrates some very powerful results from many branches of mathematics in a completely intuitive, non-rigorous way (though they could be made rigorous - good exercise for the math professionals). The results often involve generalizations from the original problem and are, therefore, of considerable mathematical interest and even beauty. Though this book requires careful thought, all of the necessary steps are very well explained. It should have great appeal to High School Seniors who want to be entranced by the power of some elementary mathematical reasoning, as well as Undergraduates (the first chapter is a wonderful generalization of Buffon's Needle problem without calculus (the normal method of solution and for a less general result), and adults who have an interest in mathematical problems. I can't recommend this book too highly.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.