You are a Mathematician

You are a Mathematician

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Anyone familiar with numbers, circles, straight lines and squares can become a mathematician. 'All you have to do', claims David Wells, 'is to learn to look at these objects with some insight and imagination, maybe do a few experiments, and be able to draw reasonable conclusions...' This entertaining and informative introduction to mathematics begins with the secrets of triangles and the dazzling patterns formed by even the simplest numbers. It examines polyhedral cheeses, reverse Koch snowflakes and Rabbi Moses' box, takes readers on 'a journey from the Greek mathematicians to quantum theory' and concludes with a challenging adventure game.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 28mm | 340.19g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • b&w diagrams, index
  • 014017480X
  • 9780140174809
  • 1,397,030

Author information

David Wells has written extensively on problems and popular mathematics, and many of his titles are available in Penguin. He is involved in education through writing and research, and lives in the United Kingdom.show more

Table of contents

The hidden world of triangles; numbers and patterns; mathematics as science; the games of mathematics; creating new mathematical games; perception and imagination; likeness and analogy; certainty, proof and illumination; mathematics in science - searching for the truth, approximate models; the enjoyment of mathematics; a miniature world and a long journey; a mathematical adventure.show more

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