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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

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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? .

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