Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension: A Mathematician's Journey Through Narcissistic Numbers, Optimal Dating Algorithms, at Least Two Kinds of Infinity, and More
A book from the stand-up mathematician that makes math fun again!
Math is boring, says the mathematician and comedian Matt Parker. Part of the problem may be the way the subject is taught, but it's also true that we all, to a greater or lesser extent, find math difficult and counterintuitive. This counterintuitiveness is actually part of the point, argues Parker: the extraordinary thing about math is that it allows us to access logic and ideas beyond what our brains can instinctively do—through its logical tools we are able to reach beyond our innate abilities and grasp more and more abstract concepts.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - fpagan - LibraryThing
A comical mathematician's (mathematical comedian's?) severely UK-centric book taking a recreational look at disparate areas of math (er, maths). Another fine effort to reduce mathophobia by offering a path to the subject that's fun. Read full review
I wish I could give it 100 stars, or 10 to the 10 stars, or even 10 to the 10 to the 10. This was a great book, and I recommend it to students, teachers, and anyone within shouting distance. Get your library to buy it. I don't care how, just read this book.