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Preface ; 1. Your Half's Bigger Than My Half! ; 2. Repealing the Law of Averages ; 3. Arithmetic and Old Lace ; 4. Paradox Lost ; 5. Tight Tins for Round Sardines ; 6. The Never-Ending Chess Game ; 7. Quods and Quazars ; 8. Zero Knowledge Protocols ; 9. Empires on the Moon ; 10. Empires and Electronics ; 11. Resurrection Shuffle ; 12. Double Bubble, Toil and Trouble ; 13. Crossed Lines in the Brick Factory ; 14. Division Without Envy ; 15. Furiously flashing fireflies ; 16. Why Phone Cords Get Tangled ; 17. Sierpinski's Ubiquitous Gasket ; 18. Defend the Roman empire! ; 19. Triangulation Takeaway ; 20. Easter is a quasicrystal ; Further Reading ; Index
Ian Stewart is Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University, and Director of the Mathematics Awareness Centre at Warwick. An active research mathematician, he is also a well-known popularizer of mathematics and related areas of science. In 1995 he was awarded the Royal Society's Michael Faraday Award for furthering the public understanding of science; his book Nature's Numbers was shortlisted for the 1996 Rhone-Poulenc Prize for Science Books; and he delivered the 1997 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, televised by the BBC. In 2001 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. His many books include Evolving the Alien (with Jack Cohen), The Science of Discworld, What Shape is a Snowflake?, Flatterland, The Magical Maze, and Does God Play Dice? .