Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities

By Ian Stewart
(Basic Books (AZ), Paperback, 9780465013029, 310pp.)

Publication Date: January 2009

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Knowing that the most exciting math is "not" taught in school, Professor Ian Stewart has spent years filling his cabinet with intriguing mathematical games, puzzles, stories, and factoids intended for the adventurous mind. This book reveals the most exhilarating oddities from Professor Stewart's legendary cabinet.

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.

About the Author
Ian Stewart is Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University in England. His many books include Does God Play Dice?, The collapse of Chaos (with Jack Cohen), Game, Set and Math, and Fearful Symmetry: Is God a Geometer? (with Martin Golubitsky). He contributed to a wide range of newspapers and
magazines, and writes the "Mathematical Recreations" column of Scientific American.
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