Cakes, Custard and Category Theory: Easy Recipes for Understanding Complex Maths

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'Whatever you think maths is... let go of it now. This is going to be different': and true to her word, Cheng's book on mathematics and category theory ('the mathematics of mathematics') starts with gluten-free chocolate brownies. Using the analogy of cooking methods and ingredients, she sets out to explain how mathematicians think, rather than what they think about.

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Eugenia Cheng is Senior Lecturer in Pure Mathematics at the University of Sheffield. She was educated at the University of Cambridge and has done post-doctoral work at the Universities of Cambridge, Chicago and Nice. Since 2007 her YouTube lectures and videos have been viewed around 700,000 times to date. A concert pianist, she also speaks French, English and Cantonese, and her mission in life is to rid the world of maths phobia.

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It would be wonderful if this book attracted a new audience to the field. And there's no better ambassador (or dinner-party host, I'd wager) than Eugenia Cheng. -- Alex Bellos * New York Times * Quirky recipes, personal anecdotes and a large dollop of equations are the key ingredients in this alternative guide to maths and the scientific process. You should find it as easy as cooking a pie. * Observer * A brilliant gourmet feast of what maths is really about -- Ian Stewart, author of * Professor Stewart's Incredible Numbers * A concert pianist, mathematician, polyglot and now YouTube star, Cheng has carved out quite a niche for herself demystifying maths through cake. It's a Beautiful-Mind-meets-Scott-Pilgrim kind of mission, and Cheng brings to it an ebullient enthusiasm that's infectious * Guardian * An entertaining introduction to the beauty of mathematics by drawing on insights from the kitchen * Times Educational Supplement * Cheng's own personality really shines through. By conversing with her audience as equals, readers will likely connect with her, which in turn brings down the barriers to the subject...For readers who have even a pinch of native interest, she has masterfully lowered the mental barriers to new vistas. The book makes almost no mathematical demands of the reader, and yet explains ideas around maths, throughout. It is so seamless and so painless, it is quite brilliant * Bookmunch * Deliciously lively...It is Cheng's delightful descriptions of her gastronomic adventures that bring the mathematics to life * Times Higher Education *

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