Synopses & Reviews
Knowing that the most exciting math is not
taught in school, Professor Ian Stewart has spent years filling his cabinet with intriguing mathematical games, puzzles, stories, and factoids intended for the adventurous mind. This book reveals the most exhilarating oddities from Professor Stewarts legendary cabinet.
Inside, you will find hidden gems of logic, geometry, and probabilitylike how to extract a cherry from a cocktail glass (harder than you think), a pop-up dodecahedron, and the real reason why you cant divide anything by zero. Scattered among these are keys to Fermats last theorem, the Poincaré conjecture, chaos theory, and the P=NP problem (youll win a million dollars if you solve it). You never know what enigmas youll find in the Stewart cabinet, but theyre sure to be clever, mind-expanding, and delightfully fun.
The popular mathematics author and former "New Scientist" columnist Stewart offers this challenging and fun collection of mathematical games, puzzles, stories, and more. 300 illustrations and diagrams.
From one of the worlds most beloved popular writers on mathematics, a fun and challenging collection of games, puzzles, stories, and more
About the Author
Ian Stewart is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick. He has written over seventy books, many of which are popular accounts of science and mathematics. His writing has appeared in New Scientist, Discover, Scientific American, and many newspapers in the United States and the United Kingdom. He lives in Coventry, England.