- Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471350656
- ISBN-13: 978-0471350651
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,052,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Magical Maze: Seeing the World Through Mathematical Eyes 1st Edition
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Enter the magical maze of mathematics and explore the surprising passageways of a fantastical world where logic and imagination converge. For mathematics is a mazea maze in your heada maze of ideas, a maze of logic. And that maze in your mind is a powerful tool for understanding an even bigger mazethe one of cause and effect that we call "the universe." That is its special kind of magic. Real magic. Strange magic. Infinitely fascinating magic. Acclaimed author Ian Stewart leads you swiftly and humorously through the junctions, byways, and secret passages of the magical maze to reveal its beauty, surprise, and power. Along the way, he reveals the infinite possibilities that arise from what he calls "the two-way trade between the natural world and the human mind." If you've always loved mathematics, you will find endless delights in the twists and turns of The Magical Maze. If you've always hated mathematics, a trip through this marvelous book will do much to change your mind.
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This book is really targetted towards people who never really saw math as anything other than another subject they hated in school, and it seeks to change their mind.
I was never that much of a "math person" before I read this book, and I just saw math as another subject in school, and I got average grades in math, and that was all it was to me.
This book taught me how to "think like a mathematician". I started to find myself actually liking math, and lo and behold, my grades even improved.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who has an ill view of mathematics, and would like to improve their general experience with it.
You might even find that you actually like math once you start looking at it as something besides a bunch of useless numbers, or a difficult class to get past.