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Science News publishes a weekly column devoted to 'cool stuff' from the world of mathematics. There have been over 250 articles under the title 'Ivars Peterson's Math Treks'. New developments and their applications, old puzzles revisited, famous problems and historic events have all featured. This column has been extremely popular for its brief, informal forays into some of the more unusual aspects of mathematics. Ivars Peterson has enhanced and updated a selection of articles for this book and further bibliographic details and web links are available online. The contents span a wide range of topics and there will be something here for anyone with an interest in mathematics.
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Science News publishes a weekly column devoted to 'cool stuff' from the world of mathematics. New developments and their applications, old puzzles revisited, famous problems and historic events have all featured. Ivars Peterson has enhanced and updated a selection of articles for this book.About the Author:
Ivars Peterson is a writer at Science News, covering mathematics and computers. He also serves as editor of Science News Online and writes the weekly online column Ivars Peterson's MathTrek for the Mathematical Association of America
Petersonís first book, "The Mathematical Tourist:: Snapshots of Modern Mathematics" (1988), was widely and favorably reviewed. He followed up that success with "Islands of Truth: A Mathematical Mystery Cruise" (1990), "Newton's Clock: Chaos in the Solar System"(1993), "Fatal Defect: Chasing Killer Computer Bugs "(1995), and "The Jungles of Randomness: A Mathematical Safari "(1997). His latest book, "Fragments of Infinity: A Kaleidoscope of Math and Art "(2001), concerns interactions between artists and mathematicians. He has collaborated with his wife, Nancy Henderson, on two books introducing selected topics in contemporary mathematics to children of middle-school age: "Math Trek: Adventures in the MathZone" (2000) and "Math Trek 2: A Mathematical Space Odyssey "(2001)
In 1991, Ivars Peterson received the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics Communications Award recognizing him for his "exceptional ability and sustained effort in communicating mathematics to a general audience."
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