Synopses & Reviews
Twenty-three mathematical masterpieces for exploration and enlightenment
How can a shape have more than one dimension but fewer than two? What is the best way to elect public officials when more than two candidates are vying for the office? Is it possible for a highly accurate medical test to give mostly incorrect results? Can you tile your floor with regular pentagons? How can you use only the first digit of sales numbers to determine if your accountant is lying? Can mathematics give insights into free will?
Edward Scheinerman, an accomplished mathematician and enthusiastic educator, answers all these questions and more in this book, a collection of mathematical masterworks. In bite-sized chapters that require only high school algebra, he invites readers to try their hands at solving mathematical puzzles and provides an engaging and friendly tour of numbers, shapes, and uncertainty. The result is an unforgettable introduction to the fundamentals and pleasures of thinking mathematically.
This lively book presents an enticing invitation to nonmathematicians: to discover the pleasures of math and to explore intriguing mathematical ideas. The author presents an array of "masterpieces of mathematics" and shows convincingly that math is far more fascinating than just "finding x."