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Welcome to Ian Stewart's strange and magical world of mathematics! Math Hysteria contains twenty quirky tales of mathematical exploration by one of the world's most popular writers on mathematics. Ian Stewart presents us with a wealth of magical puzzles, each one spun around an amazing tale, including "Counting the Cattle of the Sun," "The Great Drain Robbery," and "Preposterous Piratical Predicaments." Fully illustrated with explanatory diagrams, each tale is told with engaging wit, sure to amuse everyone with ...

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Overview

Welcome to Ian Stewart's strange and magical world of mathematics! Math Hysteria contains twenty quirky tales of mathematical exploration by one of the world's most popular writers on mathematics. Ian Stewart presents us with a wealth of magical puzzles, each one spun around an amazing tale, including "Counting the Cattle of the Sun," "The Great Drain Robbery," and "Preposterous Piratical Predicaments." Fully illustrated with explanatory diagrams, each tale is told with engaging wit, sure to amuse everyone with an interest in puzzles and mathematics. Along the way, we also meet many curious characters. Containing twenty specially-commissioned cartoons, this book will delight all who are familiar with Stewart's many other books, such as What Shape is a Snowflake? and Flatterland and anyone interested in mathematical problems. In short, these stories are engaging, challenging, and lots of fun!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198613367
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Pages: 356
  • Sales rank: 1,376,440
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Stewart is Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University and the author of many books, including Nature's Numbers and From Here to Infinity: A Guide to Today's Mathematics. He writes the "Mathematical Recreations" column for Scientific American.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Figure acknowledgements
1 I know that you know that 1
2 Domino theories 11
3 Turning the tables 25
4 The anthropomurphic principle 37
5 Counting the cattle of the sun 47
6 The great drain robbery 57
7 Two-way jigsaw puzzles 73
8 Tales of the neglected number 85
9 Is monopoly fair? 95
10 Monopoly revisited 107
11 A guide to computer dating 117
12 Dividing the spoils 127
13 Squaring the square 143
14 The bellows conjecture 155
15 Purposefully piling pyramids 165
16 Be a dots-and-boxes grandmaster 177
17 Choosily chomping chocolate 187
18 Shedding a little darkness 199
19 Preposterous piratical predicaments 209
20 Million-dollar minesweeper 217
Further reading 227
Index 231
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  • Posted May 17, 2010

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    Excellent book.

    Very useful for creative classroom experiences in the mathematical realm.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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