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.

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Ian Stewart is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick and Director of its Mathematics Awareness Centre. He is also a regular research visitor at the University of Houston, the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications in Minneapolis, and the Santa Fe Institute. His writing has appeared in New Scientist, Discover, and Scientific American, among others. He lives in Warwick, England.

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Pitched at the perfect difficulty level ... clearly and intelligently written ... Anyone with a slight geeky bent to them, whether they be adult or teenager, will find plenty to edify, tickle and tantalise them. It'd make a wonderful present ... I can't wait for the next volume. Highly recommended. * Bookbag * There are jokes, puns, hints on code-breaking and a dollop of the unexpected. You won't have learned any of this in school but if you have a mathematical bent and a logical mind you will soon be teasing out the answers. * Good Book Guide * An ideal present for anyone addicted to Sudoku-like puzzles and beginning to wonder what might lie beyond * Spectator * This is not pure maths. It is maths contaminated with whit, wisdom, and wonder. Ian really is unsurpassed as raconteur of the world of numbers. He guides us on a mind-boggling journey from the ultra trivial to the profound. -- Jeremy Webb * New Scientist * A perfect gift for a clever child * Daily Telegraph * As the professor darts randomly from 'digital cubes' to 'the hairy ball theorem' with boundless playful curiosity, even those with only a sluggish interest in maths will find something to amuse and amaze * Sunday Telegraph *

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