Professor Stewart's Hoard of Mathematical Treasures 1st Edition
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About the Author
- Grade Level : 11 and up
- Paperback : 352 pages
- Item Weight : 12.2 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 0465017754
- ISBN-13 : 978-0465017751
- Reading level : 13 and up
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.88 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Basic Books; 1st Edition (April 27, 2010)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,124,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Really excellent book--a nice blend of puzzles, mathematical trivia and interesting stories, as well as current research. Highly recommended.
I am still reading the book (as many topics tease me to do further 'research' myself, I proceed only slowly), but it is really great fun for all who like math puzzles and the like. My kids now do find me a real math geek even more - though I am not (I think...) - but the book surely will get a prominent place on my bookshelves. If I will finish the book, I might buy some other books of Ian Stewart as well.
Top reviews from other countries
There are about 150 topics in all, some run to many pages such as the development of the abacus, others are short and to the point. Some puzzles I could solve fairly quickly others remained baffling. I guess it is just down to whether you see a method to solve it straight away or you just flail around. But that is the enjoyment of puzzle solving.
You will find a story about Newton's cats (not that interesting) alongside a logic puzzle about swallowing elephants (quite interesting). And that is the nature of this book, each reader will find a different mix of things to enjoy.
The stories and puzzles cover a huge range of topics including number theory, topology, mathematical tricks, cryptography, cosmology.
It is a fine book to just dip into, as each item has nothing to do with the others.
Professor Stewart does provide outline answers to most of the puzzles although even understanding some of the methods used at times is a challenge in itself!
I enjoyed this book and came away from the book with a few extra party tricks to try out with friends and family along with a collection of 'did you know' stories (did you know that the = sign was developed by a Welshman in 1557!)
Highly recommended for anyone who likes intellectual puzzles or learning interesting snippets of information.