How to Cut a Cake: And Other Mathematical Conundrums

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Welcome back to Ian Stewart's magical world of mathematics! Here are twenty more curious puzzles and fantastical mathematical stories from one of the world's most popular and accessible writers on mathematics. This is a strange world of never-ending chess games, empires on the moon, furious fireflies, and, of course, disputes over how best to cut a cake. Each chapter--with titles such as, "How to Play Poker By Post" and "Repealing the Law of Averages"--presents a fascinating mathematical puzzle that is ...
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Overview


Welcome back to Ian Stewart's magical world of mathematics! Here are twenty more curious puzzles and fantastical mathematical stories from one of the world's most popular and accessible writers on mathematics. This is a strange world of never-ending chess games, empires on the moon, furious fireflies, and, of course, disputes over how best to cut a cake. Each chapter--with titles such as, "How to Play Poker By Post" and "Repealing the Law of Averages"--presents a fascinating mathematical puzzle that is challenging, fun, and introduces the reader to a significant mathematical problem in an engaging and witty way. Illustrated with clever and quirky cartoons, each tale will delight those who love puzzles and mathematical conundrums.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199205905
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,397,558
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Stewart is Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University, and Director of the Mathematics Awareness Centre at Warwick. An active research mathematician, he is well-known for popularizing mathematics and science for the public. A Fellow of the Royal Society, his many books include Evolving the Alien (with Jack Cohen), What Shape is a Snowflake?, and Does God Play Dice?.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1. Arithmetic and old lace
2. Paradox lost
3. Tight tins for round sardines
4. Repealing the law of averages
5. The never-ending chess game
6. How to play poker by post
7. Empires on the Moon
8. Empires and electronics
9. Resurrection shuffle
10. Double bubble, toil and trouble
11. Crossed lines in the brick factory
12. Your half's bigger than my half! - Cake-dividing problems
13. More cake-dividing problems
14. Furiously flashing fireflies
15. Why phone cords get tangled
16. Sierpinski's ubiquitous gasket
17. Defend the Roman empire!
18. Triangulation takeaway
19. Rep-tiling the plane
20. Easter is a quasicrystal

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