Professor Stewart's Hoard of Mathematical Treasures

Professor Stewart's Hoard of Mathematical Treasures

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Opening another drawer in his Cabinet of Curiosities, renowned mathematics professor Ian Stewart presents a new medley of games, paradoxes, and riddles in Professor Stewart's Hoard of Mathematical Treasures . With wit and aplomb, Stewart mingles casual puzzles with grander forays into ancient and modern mathematical thought.

Amongst a host of arcane and astonishing facts about every kind of number from irrational and imaginary to complex and cuneiform, we learn:

- How to organize chaos
- How matter balances anti-matter
- How to turn a sphere inside out (without creasing it)
- How to calculate pi by observing the stars
- ...and why you can't comb a hairy ball.

Along the way Stewart offers the reader tantalizing glimpses of the mathematics underlying life and the universe. Mind-stretching, enlightening, and endlessly amusing, Professor Stewart's Hoard of Mathematical Treasures will stimulate, delight, and enthrall.


Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2010.
ISBN: 9780465017751
0465017754
Branch Call Number: 793.74 STEWART
Characteristics: x, 339 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: Hoard of mathematical treasures

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