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A book of mathematical oddities: games, puzzles, facts, numbers and delightful mathematical nibbles for the curious and adventurous mind.
Professor Stewart is best known for making Mathematics accessible and popular. He was awarded the Royal Society's Michael Faraday Medal for furthering the public understanding of science. His many popular science books include Does God Play Dice?, Life's Other Secrets and Flatterland. He is the mathematics consultant for the New Scientist and is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick. In 2001 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society
This is a superb Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities that deserves a place with the classics of the genre. * Mathematics today * The book's goofy and unabashed enthusiasm will charm any interested teenager * Daily Telegraph * interesting and illuminating... * BBC Focus * Stewart has a genius for explanation ... Find a comfortable chair for some holiday puzzling: mathematics doesn't come more entertaining than this. * New Scientist * A dizzying new book -- Tim Radford * Guardian * There is plenty here for the curious newcomer to enjoy -- Dr Martin Homer * BBC Focus Magazine * You don't need to be a maths guru . . . to enjoy his 'curiosities' * Good Book Guide * This is not pure maths. It is maths contaminated with whit, wisdom, and wonder.Ian really is unsurpassed as raconteur of the world of numbers. He guides us on a mind-boggling journey from the ultra trivial to the profound. Thoroughly entertaining. -- Jeremy Webb * New Scientist * 'Stewart has served up the instructive equivalent of a Michelin-starred tasting menu, or perhaps a smorgasbord of appetisers. And of course, appetisers are designed to give you an appetite for more.' -- Tim Radford * Guardian *