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Frank Pratter
Banks's style is entertaining but never condescending. Some of the math is pretty tough; it helps if you did well in trigonometry as well as introductory calculus and analytic geometry. It is possible to read this book without working through the math, but that would be missing the point. The author notes, "My strong hope is that this collection of mathematical stories will be interesting and helpful to people who long ago completed their formal studies.... I think this is especially true as all of us enter a new century that assuredly will place heavy emphasis on mathematics, science, and technology.â€” Christian Science Monitor
Overview
Have you ever daydreamed about digging a hole to the other side of the world? Robert Banks not only entertains such ideas but, better yet, he supplies the mathematical know-how to turn fantasies into problem-solving adventures. In this sequel to the popular Towing Icebergs, Falling Dominoes (Princeton, 1998), Banks presents another collection of puzzles for readers interested in sharpening their thinking and mathematical skills. The problems range from the wondrous to the eminently practical. In one chapter, the ...