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Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities Paperback – Jan 6 2009

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books (Jan. 6 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465013023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465013029
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 467 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #179,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Booklist
“[Armchair mathematicians] are certain to find pleasure in this cornucopia of puzzles, brainteasers, and digressions.... The ideal book for dispelling the supposed drudgery of mathematics with its real magic.”

New Scientist
“Stewart has a genius for explanation that allows details of the Poincaré conjecture and Riemann hypothesis to sit happily alongside a quip about a chicken crossing a Möbius strip.... Mathematics doesn't come more entertaining than this.”

Chicago Tribune
“The exciting side of math – puzzles, games and thrilling oddities.”

Science News
“What positive integer is equal to its own Scrabble score when spelled out in full? Stewart...offers this and a hodgepodge of other puzzles, paradoxes, brainteasers, tricks, facts and jokes, which he accurately calls ‘curiosities.'.”

IEEE Spectrum
“Open one of the 179 ‘drawers' in Professor Stewart's cabinet, and you might find just a one-liner...or a seven-page essay on Fermat's last theorem.... The book can be devoured in one giant gulp or savored, one curiosity at a time.”

About the Author

Ian Stewart is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick. He has written over seventy books, many of which are popular accounts of science and mathematics. His writing has appeared in New Scientist, Discover,Scientific American, and many newspapers in the United States and the United Kingdom. He lives in Coventry, England.



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