Cows in the Maze: And Other Mathematical Explorations

Cows in the Maze And Other Mathematical Explorations Following on the success of his books Math Hysteria and How to Cut a Cake Ian Stewart is back with stories and puzzles that are as quirky as they are fascinating and each from the cutting edge of th

  • Title: Cows in the Maze: And Other Mathematical Explorations
  • Author: Ian Stewart
  • ISBN: 9780199562077
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Paperback
  • Following on the success of his books Math Hysteria and How to Cut a Cake, Ian Stewart is back with stories and puzzles that are as quirky as they are fascinating, and each from the cutting edge of the world of mathematics From the math of mazes, to cones with a twist, and the amazing sphericon and how to make one Cows in the Maze takes readers on an exhilarating tFollowing on the success of his books Math Hysteria and How to Cut a Cake, Ian Stewart is back with stories and puzzles that are as quirky as they are fascinating, and each from the cutting edge of the world of mathematics From the math of mazes, to cones with a twist, and the amazing sphericon and how to make one Cows in the Maze takes readers on an exhilarating tour of the world of mathematics We find out about the mathematics of time travel, explore the shape of teardrops which are not tear drop shaped, but something much, much strange , dance with dodecahedra, and play the game of Hex, among many strange and delightful mathematical diversions In the title essay, Stewart introduces readers to Robert Abbott s mind bending Where Are the Cows maze, which changes every time you pass through it, and is said to be the most difficult maze ever invented In addition, he shows how a 90 year old woman and a computer scientist cracked a long standing question about counting magic squares, describes the mathematical patterns in animal movement walk, trot, gallop , looks at a fusion of art, mathematics, and the physics of sand piles, and reveals how mathematicians can and do prove a negative Populated by amazing creatures, strange characters, and astonishing mathematics explained in an accessible and fun way, and illustrated with quirky cartoons by artist Spike Gerrell, Cows in the Maze will delight everyone who loves mathematics, puzzles and mathematical conundrums.

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    About "Ian Stewart"

    1. Ian Stewart

      Ian Nicholas Stewart is an Emeritus Professor and Digital Media Fellow in the Mathematics Department at Warwick University, with special responsibility for public awareness of mathematics and science He is best known for his popular science writing on mathematical themes from the author s websiteLibrarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See other authors with similar names.

    711 thoughts on “Cows in the Maze: And Other Mathematical Explorations”

    1. Book is a collection of disappointing short pop math pieces. Some of the problems Stewart poses are new, others old. In both cases, his treatments offer few insights. And the exposition is weak. Stewart leaves too much to the imagination, and his attempts at humor are lame. Stewart may be a fine mathematician. This particular recreational math book, though, I thought was very mediocre.


    2. Terza (e ultima) raccolta degli articoli di Ian Stewart sullo Scientific American (e sulla versione francese Pour la Science - non so voi, ma a me il pensiero che la rubrica di giochi matematici sullo Scientific American fosse divenuta bimestrale e che sono state le versioni nazionali a mantenere alta la bandiera della matematica ricreativa fa un po' di tristezza), in questo libro troviamo quello che ci si può aspettare da un testo del genere: capitoli generalmente scorrelati, tranne il trittic [...]


    3. A collection of math essays from Scientific American. Stewart sits in the chair that Martin Gardner once filled. The problem with this book is that too many of these essays are just too short, so he didn't get a chance to say anything interesting (to me). Also, several of them were just on topics that didn't interest me much. (Dancing and string? Three consecutive on time travel.) Seems like when you put it in book form, you should add a little more depth. There didn't really seem to be a good r [...]


    4. This book was a joy to read. It has lots of fun mathematical ideas and puzzles, as well as games that you can play by yourself or with our kids.




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