# Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities

## Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities

Basic Books (AZ), Paperback, 9780465013029, 310pp.

Publication Date: January 5, 2009

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.

*Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities*…

*Booklist*

“[Armchair mathematicians] are certain to find pleasure in this cornucopia of puzzles, brainteasers, and digressions…. The ideal book for dispelling the supposed drudgery of mathematics with its real magic.”

*New Scientist*

“Stewart has a genius for explanation that allows details of the Poincaré conjecture and Riemann hypothesis to sit happily alongside a quip about a chicken crossing a Möbius strip…. Mathematics doesn’t come more entertaining than this.”

*Chicago Tribune*

“The exciting side of math – puzzles, games and thrilling oddities.”

*Science News*

“What positive integer is equal to its own Scrabble score when spelled out in full? Stewart…offers this and a hodgepodge of other puzzles, paradoxes, brainteasers, tricks, facts and jokes, which he accurately calls ‘curiosities.’.”*IEEE Spectrum*

“Open one of the 179 ‘drawers’ in Professor Stewart’s cabinet, and you might find just a one-liner…or a seven-page essay on Fermat’s last theorem…. The book can be devoured in one giant gulp or savored, one curiosity at a time.”*The College Mathematics Journal*

“[A] high-speed, nonetheless in-depth romp through elementary and advanced mathematical topics, accessible to any interested reader willing to expend a little effort.”*Mathematics Teacher*

“The puzzles are entertaining…. The book’s topics, which will appeal to mathematics teachers at all levels, both amused and fascinated me.”