Cows in the Maze: And other mathematical explorations

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OUP Oxford, Apr 22, 2010 - Games - 320 pages
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From the mathematics of mazes, to cones with a twist, and the amazing sphericon - and how to make one - Ian Stewart is back with more mathematical stories and puzzles that are as quirky as they are fascinating, and each from the cutting edge of the world of mathematics. We find out about the mathematics of time travel, explore the shape of teardrops (which are not tear-drop shaped, but something much, much more strange!), dance with dodecahedra, and play the game of Hex, amongst many more strange and delightful mathematical diversions.
 

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User Review  - martensgirl - LibraryThing

I've read three of Stewart's other works and thoroughly enjoyed them. For some reason, I could not get on with this one. I don't know whether it was due to a lack of numerical topics and focused more ... Read full review

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User Review  - Yofish - Goodreads

A collection of math essays from Scientific American. Stewart sits in the chair that Martin Gardner once filled. The problem with this book is that too many of these essays are just too short, so he ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

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, Does God Play Dice? , and How to Cut a Cake.

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