The Magical Maze: Seeing the World Through Mathematical Eyes

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John Wiley & Sons, Aug 23, 1999 - Mathematics - 288 pages
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Enter the magical maze of mathematics and explore the surprising passageways of a fantastical world where logic and imagination converge. For mathematics is a maze—a maze in your head—a maze of ideas, a maze of logic. And that maze in your mind is a powerful tool for understanding an even bigger maze—the one of cause and effect that we call "the universe." That is its special kind of magic. Real magic. Strange magic. Infinitely fascinating magic. Acclaimed author Ian Stewart leads you swiftly and humorously through the junctions, byways, and secret passages of the magical maze to reveal its beauty, surprise, and power. Along the way, he reveals the infinite possibilities that arise from what he calls "the two-way trade between the natural world and the human mind." If you’ve always loved mathematics, you will find endless delights in the twists and turns of The Magical Maze. If you’ve always hated mathematics, a trip through this marvelous book will do much to change your mind.

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Mathematics is so widely thought to be a boring, tedious, dry, and useless activity. Building computers out of train sets? Solving optimization problems with soap bubbles and slime molds? Very much in ... Read full review

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Interesting topics, subpar writing. Brings up some good non-math points about the need to make knowledge accessible and to expose yourself to varied influences. Will read more stuff by this author as long as the focus remains on math concepts. Read full review


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IAN STEWART, Ph.D., has written and coauthored numerous books, including Life’s Other Secret (Wiley), Does God Play Dice?, Fearful Symmetry, The Collapse of Chaos, and Nature’s Numbers. He writes the "Mathematical Recreations" column in Scientific American, serves as mathematics consultant to New Scientist, and is a regular contributor to Discover and The Sciences. In 1995 Dr. Stewart received the Royal Society of England’s Michael Faraday Medal for outstanding contributions to the public understanding of science.

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