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Archimedes' Revenge
     

Archimedes' Revenge

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by Paul Hoffman
 

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Now anyone can understand what the mathematical geniuses are thinking . . . .
* How topologists figured out the way to turn a smokestack into a bowling ball — and why.
* How game theorists discovered that to elect the candidate of your choice you must sometimes vote for his opponent.
* How computer theorists intend to create a robot that will think for

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Now anyone can understand what the mathematical geniuses are thinking . . . .
* How topologists figured out the way to turn a smokestack into a bowling ball — and why.
* How game theorists discovered that to elect the candidate of your choice you must sometimes vote for his opponent.
* How computer theorists intend to create a robot that will think for itself — and do all the housework.
* How cryptographers have been laboring since 1822 to decipher a map that will lead to a buried treasure worth millions of dollars.
Archimedes' Revenge takes the reader on a guided tour of the world of contemporary mathematics and makes its infinite marvels comprehensible, relevant, and fun.
"A breezy and lighthearted account of a number of topics in and around the periphery of mathematics . . . Mr. Hoffman approaches mathematics as a storyteller, and a good one." — The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449000892
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/23/1997
Edition description:
First Ballantine Books Trade Edition
Pages:
285
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.71(d)

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Archimedes' Revenge 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book some years back, and eversince I've read it at least 10 times. Every chapter is a different story altogether making it a pleasure for readers who like to read for short bursts of time. It's a must book for garden variety mathematicians, touching upon almost all the math desciplines which have been seeing a tremendous growth over the last centuty or so. However not recommended for hard core mathematicians who like to read only numbers. Has a lot of behind-the-scenes stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 10th grade when my Psychology teacher gave me this book as a gift. From that time on, I have read it again and again as it is very hard to put down. Hoffman writes very clearly and concisely in trying to explain to the public about mathematical concepts. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in mathematics and modern-day applications of math.