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This well written and organized little book makes up in the size of its remit what it lacks in length. For this reader, educated only to grade C at O-Level mathematics, the author was successful in shedding light on Please sign in to write a review. If you have changed your email address then contact us and we will update your details.
From very simple beginnings he takes us on a thrilling journey to some deep mathematical ideas. On the way, via Kepler and Newton, he explains what calculus really means, gives a brief history of pi, and even takes us to chaos theory and imaginary numbers.
Every short chapter is carefully crafted to ensure that no one will get lost on the journey. Packed with puzzles and illustrated by world famous cartoonists, this is one of the most readable and imaginative books on mathematics ever written. Thought provoking. Starting from such minimalist material, David Acheson works his way up to chaos and catastrophe theory. Not a page passes without at least one intriguing insight Anyone who is baffled by mathematics should buy it.
And all mathematicians should buy at least a dozen copies to hand out to people they meet at parties. My enthusiasm for it knows no bounds. Sellar and R. Yeatman classic and All That, and the outrageous Steve Bell cartoon on its cover The book is such an easy and entertaining read my non-mathematical family members agree There are few mathematicians who succeed in writing popular accounts of their craft without being superficial or condescending.
With this book David Acheson has joined the best of them. Even mathematicians will find fresh perspectives on old themes in this playful and inventive book. An earlier reviewer has advised everyone to 'go out and buy a dozen copies', and I heartily agree, and hope that our embattled schoolteachers and university lecturers!
But no, this one was far more than that. It treated subjects briefly but in depth and breadth, linked them together, didn't make assumptions Truly inspiring, and a great read over a weekend.
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1089 and All That: A Journey into Mathematics
1089 and All That
Think of a three-figure number such that its first and last digit differ by two or more. Whatever your initial choice, the result is always The trick even made the title of the book. This simple algebraic idea is a well-chosen appetiser, giving the reader an idea of what to expect from this nice little book. The author pinpoints, in a witty and reader-friendly style, certain interesting facts from mathematics and related subjects.