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"Ian Stewart's quirky humor and imaginative story telling entice readers into a fascinating world of mathematical curiosities and mind-tickling puzzles."

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Ian Stewart, an active popularizer of mathematics, university professor, and former columnist for Scientific American's "Mathematical Games" column.
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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Recreational Math
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (January 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486431819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486431819
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,776,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Duwayne Anderson on March 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
Thirty five years ago my high school (Thomas Jefferson, in Federal Way, Washington) held annual competitions in mathematics. They did it in the form of a test that came bound in a small white booklet, just was a few pages long. There weren't many questions, perhaps a dozen or two (usually in the form of story problems), but they required deep thought and concentration (at least for me). I still remember the feeling of excitement and trepidation as I took the "white book" and opened it to the first problem. Several hours later I'd consider myself accomplished if I'd managed to completely answer more than half the questions.

Ian Stewart's book reminds me of those tests. Here's a sampling of what's inside:

1)Mrs. Anne-Lida Worm decides she wants a new couch, and tells Mr. Worm to get it for her, while she goes shopping for a new tight for baby Wermintrude. But Anne-Lina doesn't want just any couch. She wants the biggest possible couch that can be carried down the hall in their house, and around the 90-degree hall at the end. What shape does the couch have, and how big is it? This is a truly riveting story. Will Mr. Worm solve the couch problem in time?

2)Alberto wants to conduct tests on grapes, evaluating the influence of different soils. He wants to conduct experiments to see how different soils and exposure to the sun affects the quality of wine. His land is on a hillside, though, which is narrow, so he can plant only three varieties of grape on each plot of land. How can he arrange things so that he tests all seven varieties of grapes when they are arranged so that each plot contains exactly three different species, where any two plots have exactly one variety in common, and any two varieties lie in exactly one common plot?
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This is one of the best recreational math books I have ever read. The humorous real life scenarios lead to deep mathematical concepts. I use this book in a class for future mathematics teachers. Hopefully, it will inspire them to make math fun for their students.
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This is one of the best recreational math books I have ever read. It presents scenarios from real life that lead to real math. Humor abounds in the stories but deep mathematical concepts abond in the solutions. I use this book as a required text for a mathematics course for future teachers. Hopefully, they too can make mathematics as much fun as Mr. Stewart.
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Was not sure what it would be. I got it for the section on music that was interesting, I liked that part. Book could be interesting to the right person
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Found this book to be very interesting which involved many different types of math game/puzzles.
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