Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities (Paperback)
Basic Books, 9780465013029, 310pp.
Publication Date: January 5, 2009
Inside, you will find hidden gems of logic, geometry, and probability-like 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 Poincar 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.
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Praise For Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities…
“[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.”
“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.”
“The exciting side of math – puzzles, games and thrilling oddities.”
“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.’.”
“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.”
“The puzzles are entertaining…. The book’s topics, which will appeal to mathematics teachers at all levels, both amused and fascinated me.”