How to Cut a Cake: And other mathematical conundrums

Paperback | November 15, 2006

byIan Stewart

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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, andalso introducing the reader to a significant mathematical problem in an engaging and witty way.

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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, andalso introducing the reader to a significant ...

Ian Stewart is Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University, and Director of the Mathematics Awareness Centre at Warwick. An active research mathematician, he is also a well-known popularizer of mathematics and related areas of science. In 1995 he was awarded the Royal Society's Michael Faraday Award for furthering the public unders...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:November 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199205906

ISBN - 13:9780199205905

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Your Half's Bigger Than My Half!2. Repealing the Law of Averages3. Arithmetic and Old Lace4. Paradox Lost5. Tight Tins for Round Sardines6. The Never-Ending Chess Game7. Quods and Quazars8. Zero Knowledge Protocols9. Empires on the Moon10. Empires and Electronics11. Resurrection Shuffle12. Double Bubble, Toil and Trouble13. Crossed Lines in the Brick Factory14. Division Without Envy15. Furiously flashing fireflies16. Why Phone Cords Get Tangled17. Sierpinski's Ubiquitous Gasket18. Defend the Roman empire!19. Triangulation Takeaway20. Easter is a quasicrystalFurther ReadingIndex