Welcome back to Ian Stewart's magical world of mathematics! This is a strange world of never-ending chess games, empires on the moon, furious fireflies, and, of course, disputes over how best to cut a cake. Each quirky tale presents a fascinating mathematical puzzle -- challenging, fun, and also introducing the reader to a significant mathematical problem in an engaging and witty way.
Ian Stewart (Professor of Mathematics The University of Warwick)
Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:
01 February 2007
Professional and scholarly
Preface; 1. Your Half's Bigger Than My Half!; 2. Repealing the Law of Averages; 3. Arithmetic and Old Lace; 4. Paradox Lost; 5. Tight Tins for Round Sardines; 6. The Never-Ending Chess Game; 7. Quods and Quazars; 8. Zero Knowledge Protocols; 9. Empires on the Moon; 10. Empires and Electronics; 11. Resurrection Shuffle; 12. Double Bubble, Toil and Trouble; 13. Crossed Lines in the Brick Factory; 14. Division Without Envy; 15. Furiously flashing fireflies; 16. Why Phone Cords Get Tangled; 17. Sierpinski's Ubiquitous Gasket; 18. Defend the Roman empire!; 19. Triangulation Takeaway; 20. Easter is a quasicrystal; Further Reading; Index