Welcome to Ian Stewart's strange and magical world of mathematics! Math Hysteria contains twenty quirky tales of mathematical exploration by one of the world's most popular writers on mathematics. Ian Stewart presents us with a wealth of magical puzzles, each one spun around an amazing tale, including "Counting the Cattle of the Sun," "The Great Drain Robbery," and "Preposterous Piratical Predicaments." Fully illustrated with explanatory diagrams, each tale is told with engaging wit, sure to amuse everyone with an interest in puzzles and mathematics. Along the way, we also meet many curious characters. Containing twenty specially-commissioned cartoons, this book will delight all who are familiar with Stewart's many other books, such as What Shape is a Snowflake? and Flatterland and anyone interested in mathematical problems. In short, these stories are engaging, challenging, and lots of fun!
In Math Hysteria, Professor Stewart presents us with a wealth of intriguing, challenging, and fun puzzles, each one spun around an amazing tale. * L'Enseignement Mathematique, 2005 *
1: I know that you know that . . .
2: Domino theories
3: Turning the tables
4: The anthropomurphic principle
5: Counting the cattle of the sun
6: The great drain robbery
7: Two-way jigsaw puzzles
8: Tales of a neglected number
9: Is Monopoly fair?
10: Monopoly revisited
11: A guide to computer dating
12: Dividing the spoils
13: Squaring the square
14: The bellows conjecture
15: Purposefully piling pyramids
16: Be a dots-and-boxes grandmaster
17: Choosily chomping chocolate
18: Shedding a little darkness
19: Preposterous piratical predicaments
20: Million-dollar minesweeper