A Day's Adventure in Math Wonderland

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World Scientific, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 216 pages
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Math Wonderland is a museum of interactive mathematical models in Hokkaido, Japan, founded by one of the authors, Jin Akiyama, in 2003. The models in Wonderland, many of which have been exhibited all over Japan and in cities around the world, are meant to help children and young adults discover and experience the wonders of mathematics. This book is centered around the experiences of three fictional middle-school students during a visit to Wonderland. They spend a day in Wonderland, handling the interactive models and participating in the activities offered there. At the end of the day, they leave with a genuine appreciation of mathematics gained from witnessing its beauty, applicability and inevitability. The book is an important contribution to the genre because it presents mathematics and models that have never before appeared in books in the same category: reversible solids, plane tiling with developments of tetrahedrons, and double-packable solids, which are derived from the authors'' own research papers published in mathematics journals. It is designed to entertain, inform and even teach some mathematics. Although it is targeted at young adults, parents and teachers may learn something from the book as well. Chapter 1: Fat Triangles & Flattened Bagels (1,962 KB). Contents: Math is Fun?; Fat Triangles and Flattened Bagels; Cool Curves; A Roomful of Right Triangles; Math in Music; Pachinko Math; GCF-LCM Machine; Baumkuchen, Spaghetti and Watermelon; Automat(h); A Slice of a Cone; Paper Twists; Fold and Cut; Jigsaws from Tetrahedrons; Single and Double Duty Solids; Reversible Solids. Readership: Secondary-school students, math teachers and parents.
 

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Fat Triangles Flattened Bagels
7
Cool Curves
27
A Roomful of Right Triangles
43
Math in Music
59
Pachinko Math
73
GcfLcm Machine
81
Baumkuchen Spaghetti Watermelon
89
Automath
101
A Slice of a Cone
119
Paper Twists
141
Fold Cut
157
Jigsaws From Tetrahedrons
171
Single Double Duty Solids
185
Reversible Solids
203
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