Hidden Connections, Double Meanings: A Mathematical Exploration

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This book subverts and surprises. It explores mathematical topics, finding amazing similarities and looking at familiar objects in new ways. It shows mathematics as something mysterious, intriguing and pleasurably puzzling. You do not need to be a mathematician to enjoy this book. The style is relaxed. It emphasises insight and imagination rather than technique. The book also includes many problems and puzzles for you to try, with hints and solutions.

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Overview

This book subverts and surprises. It explores mathematical topics, finding amazing similarities and looking at familiar objects in new ways. It shows mathematics as something mysterious, intriguing and pleasurably puzzling. You do not need to be a mathematician to enjoy this book. The style is relaxed. It emphasises insight and imagination rather than technique. The book also includes many problems and puzzles for you to try, with hints and solutions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521313346
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1988
  • Series: Cambridge Educational Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 164
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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Introduction; 1. Exploding the image; 2. The hidden image; 3. Crystals; 4. Circles and ellipses; 5. Skeleton and structure; 6. Taking the wider view; 7. Invariants; 8. Special cases; 9. Summing up; 10. Metaphors; 11. One problem, many solutions; 12. Pictures into numbers; 13. A point of balance; 14. Multiple meanings; 15. Matching problems; 16. The game of algebra; 17. Pattern and illusion; 18. Clarity, proof and certainty; Hints for solutions to problems; Solutions to problems.

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