Mathematics and the ImaginationAnyone who gambles, plays cards, loves puzzles, or simply seeks an intellectual challenge will love this amusing and thoughtprovoking book. With wit and clarity, the authors deftly progress from simple arithmetic to calculus and nonEuclidean geometry. "Charming and exciting." — Saturday Review of Literature. Includes 169 figures. 
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User Review  Krollo  GoodreadsI only read an excerpt of this, but it was a great excerpt (New Names for Old). It was an interesting (if slightly dumbed down) take on the difference between mathematical language and colloquial langauge, as well as what we can do to make sure we don't get in a muddle. Read full review
Review: Mathematics and the Imagination
User Review  GoodreadsI only read an excerpt of this, but it was a great excerpt (New Names for Old). It was an interesting (if slightly dumbed down) take on the difference between mathematical language and colloquial langauge, as well as what we can do to make sure we don't get in a muddle. Read full review
Contents
New Names for Old  3 
II Beyond the Googol  27 
𝜋ie PIE Transcendental and Imaginary  65 
Assorted GeometriesPlane and Fancy  112 
Pastimes of Past and Present Times  156 
Paradox Lost and Paradox Regained  193 
Chance and Chanceability  223 
RubberSheet Geometry  265 
Change and ChangeabilityThe Calculus  299 
Mathematics and the Imagination  357 
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