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Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension: A Mathematician's Journey Through Narcissistic Numbers, Optimal Dating Algorithms, at Least Two Kinds of Infinity, and More Hardcover – December 2, 2014
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“Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension shows off math at its most playful and multifarious, ranging from classics like knot theory and ruler-and-compass constructions to more whimsical topics like the topology of beer logos and error-correcting scarves.” ―Jordan Ellenberg, author of How to Not Be Wrong
“Matt Parker is some sort of unholy fusion of a prankster, wizard and brilliant nerd--maths is rarely this clever, funny and ever so slightly naughty.” ―Adam Rutherford, author of Creation
“This is the best book on recreational mathematics since Martin Gardner's My Best Mathematical and Logic Puzzles.” ―Library Journal
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Top Customer Reviews
In summary, a good read--well worth the time.
I'm giving this book to my grandchildren of various ages, hoping it will inspire them to love math--or at least respect it and understand how important it is in the smallest and largest aspects of the universe. If any of my grandchildren decide to become teachers, I hope they will engage their students by making their time in the classroom exciting and relevant to their everyday lives.
Besides that, in <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5-pgBnGyzw" rel="nofollow">the YouTube clip</a> I saw, Parker is wearing maths paraphernalia like a “smooth geometric t-shirt” sold by <a href="http://www.designbyhumans.com/shop/baseball-tee/segments/31469/" rel="nofollow">DESIGNBYHÜMANS</a> that is über-cool for mathheads. I like to encourage thinking and innovation of any kind.
Parker doesn’t neglect important relevant applications of mathematics: how to cut a pizza equally with crust or without, how best to keep your headphone wires from tangling, how to tie your shoes (!) the maths way…in other words, ways to learn and test math principles using everyday objects…or your classroom full of students. It actually <em>does</em> sound fun, which I guess is the point. Babcock, who I mention above, makes it clear that one really understands maths by <em>doing</em> math, which is perhaps even more to the point.
The author views math disciplines as games. Mathematicians set up the rules and use their minds to see what happens. Next the author collides math with our lives. He examines the resulting interactions. He definitely leans toward the fun in life.
Because if this book, I tie my shoes differently. I made a geeky Valentine Day present for my wife that she liked. I visualize 3D shadows of 4D objects. The list goes on and on.
Buy this book if you enjoy recreational mathematics, if you are comfortable getting your geek on, or were a fan of Martin Gardner.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son loves this book! Great for any kid who likes "different" stuff.Published 9 days ago by momto3munchkins
I haven't able to put down "Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension." Matt Parker's comedy and math combine to be an incredibly enjoyable read that is also... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alan
An interesting book that explores math in a way that makes me feel smarter, even if I am not.Published 1 month ago by joe
This book is beyond what I expected. I wanted to go back and re-look at my mathmatics expectations since it has been many years since I graduated. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very interesting. Just enough humor to keep the book moving without losing interest.Published 4 months ago by Mike J. Przewoznik
The only reason its not 5 stars is because some of the content is recycled from numberphile.Published 4 months ago by Michael holland