Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities
By Ian Stewart
(Basic Books (AZ), Paperback, 9780465013029, 310pp.)
Publication Date: January 2009
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Inside, you will find hidden gems of logic, geometry, and probabilitylike how to extract a cherry from a cocktail glass (harder than you think), a pop-up dodecahedron, and the real reason why you can t divide anything by zero. Scattered among these are keys to Fermat's last theorem, the Poincare conjecture, chaos theory, and the P=NP problem (you ll win a million dollars if you solve it). You never know what enigmas you ll find in the Stewart cabinet, but they re sure to be clever, mind-expanding, and delightfully fun.
magazines, and writes the "Mathematical Recreations" column of Scientific American.