Synopses & Reviews
A fictional journey around the world in search of the solution to one of the greatest ancient mysteries of mathematics . . .
A Mathematical Mystery Tour
"Dewdney spins an absorbing narrative . . . an amenable introduction to a difficult subject."Publishers Weekly
"A Mathematical Mystery Tour is not a difficult read, although the ideas it attempts to clarify are quite abstract. The fictional tour guides at each port of call are helpful in humanizing the intimidating subject matter."Amazon.com
Praise for the works of A. K. Dewdney
Yes, We Have No Neutrons
"We need more books like thisespecially if theyre this much fun to read."Wired
"Written with wit and a touch of pathosand sure to please science lovers."Publishers Weekly
"A useful and easily read introduction to bad science."Scientific American
200% of Nothing
"It is impossible to read this timely, important book without enjoyment and eye-opening enlightenment."Martin Gardner
"Dewdneys approach is similar to John Allen Pauloss Innumeracy, but delightfully more witty."Library Journal
Praise for A. K. Dewdney Yes, We Have No Neutrons "We need more books like this-especially if they're this much fun to read." -Wired "Dewdney manages to make this catalog of error entertaining as well as instructive; good medicine for both skeptics and true believers." -Kirkus Reviews "Written with wit and a touch of pathos-and sure to please science lovers." -Publishers Weekly 200% of Nothing "It is impossible to read this timely, important book without enjoyment and eye-opening enlightenment." -Martin Gardner "An entertaining, stinging expos?." -Publishers Weekly
This title tells the story of a fictional historian of mathematics who travels around the world in pursuit of the answer to the question: "Why is the universe mathematical?" He investigates the stories behind eight key periods in the history of mathematics, from ancient to the late 20th century.
About the Author
A. K. Dewdney, Ph.D., is the author of several critically acclaimed math and science books, including The Armchair Universe and The Planiverse: Computer Contact with a Two-Dimensional World.
Table of Contents
Point of Departure.
Death of a Dream.
The Birth of a Theorem.
THE SUPERIOR WORLD.
THE VANISHING ACT.
The Ultimate Reality.
THE ENGINES OF THOUGHT.
Epilogue: Cosmos and Holos.