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Professor Stewart's Hoard of Mathematical Treasures: Another Drawer from the Cabinet of Curiosities

Professor Stewart's Hoard of Mathematical Treasures: Another Drawer from the Cabinet of Curiosities

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By (author) Ian Stewart

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  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 200mm x 34mm | 458g
  • Publication date: 8 October 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1846682924
  • ISBN 13: 9781846682926
  • Sales rank: 145,768

Product description

This is a new trove of entrancing numbers and delightful mathematical nibbles for adventurous minds. Ian Stewart, author of the bestselling "Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities", presents a new and magical mix of games, puzzles, paradoxes, brainteasers, and riddles. He mingles these with forays into ancient and modern mathematical thought, appallingly hilarious mathematical jokes, and inquiries into the great mathematical challenges of the present and past. Amongst a host of arcane and astonishing facts about every kind of number from irrational or imaginary to complex or cuneiform, we find out: how to organize chaos; how matter balances anti-matter; how to turn a sphere inside out (without creasing it...); why you can't comb a hairy ball; and, how to calculate pi by observing the stars. And we get some tantalizing glimpses of the maths of life and the universe. Mind-stretching, enlightening and endlessly amusing, Professor Stewart's new entertainment will stimulate, delight, and enthrall.

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Professor Ian Stewart is the author of many popular science books. He is the mathematics consultant for the New Scientist and a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick. He was awarded the Michael Faraday Medal for furthering the public understanding of science, and in 2001 became a Fellow of the Royal Society.