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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 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!


One of the world's most popular writers on mathematics presents a wealth of mathematical puzzles, each one spun around an amazing tale. 20 cartoons.

About 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.

Table of Contents

1. Rings

2. Euclidean rings

3. Highest common factor

4. The four-squares theorem

5. Fields and polynomials

6. Unique factorization domains

7. Field of quotients of an integral domain

8. Factorization of polynomials

9. Fields and field extensions

10. Finite cyclic groups and finite fields

11. Algebraic numbers

12. Ruler and Compass constructions

13. Homomorphisms, ideals and factor rings

14. Principal ideal domains and a method for constructing fields

15. Finite fields

Solutions to selected exercises


Product Details

Stewart, Ian
Oxford University Press, USA
null, Ian
Mathematical recreations
General Mathematics
Mathematics - General
Publication Date:
August 2004
Grade Level:
20 cartoons, 81 figures
9.12x6.28x.79 in. .89 lbs.

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