How to Cut a Cake: And Other Mathematical Conundrums, Volume 13

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Oxford University Press, 2006 - Games - 231 pages
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Welcome back to Ian Stewart's magical world of mathematics! Here are twenty more curious puzzles and fantastical mathematical stories from one of the world's most popular and accessible writers on mathematics. This is a strange world of never-ending chess games, empires on the moon, furious fireflies, and, of course, disputes over how best to cut a cake. Each chapter--with titles such as, "How to Play Poker By Post" and "Repealing the Law of Averages"--presents a fascinating mathematical puzzle that is challenging, fun, and introduces the reader to a significant mathematical problem in an engaging and witty way. Illustrated with clever and quirky cartoons, each tale will delight those who love puzzles and mathematical conundrums.

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Contents

Repealing the Law of Averages
11
Arithmetic and Old Lace
27
Paradox Lost
39
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

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 iNature's Numbers/i 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 iEvolving the Alien/i (with Jack Cohen), iThe Science of Discworld/i, iWhat Shape is a Snowflake?/i, iFlatterland/i, iThe Magical Maze/i, and iDoes God Play Dice? /i.

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