The Magical Maze: Seeing the World Through Mathematical Eyes by Ian StewartThe Magical Maze: Seeing the World Through Mathematical Eyes by Ian Stewart

The Magical Maze: Seeing the World Through Mathematical Eyes

byIan Stewart

Paperback | August 9, 1999

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Enter the magical maze of mathematics and explore the surprising passageways of a fantastical world where logic and imagination converge. For mathematics is a maze—a maze in your head—a maze of ideas, a maze of logic. And that maze in your mind is a powerful tool for understanding an even bigger maze—the one of cause and effect that we call "the universe." That is its special kind of magic. Real magic. Strange magic. Infinitely fascinating magic. Acclaimed author Ian Stewart leads you swiftly and humorously through the junctions, byways, and secret passages of the magical maze to reveal its beauty, surprise, and power. Along the way, he reveals the infinite possibilities that arise from what he calls "the two-way trade between the natural world and the human mind." If you’ve always loved mathematics, you will find endless delights in the twists and turns of The Magical Maze. If you’ve always hated mathematics, a trip through this marvelous book will do much to change your mind.
IAN STEWART, Ph.D., has written and coauthored numerous books, including Life's Other Secret (Wiley), Does God Play Dice?, Fearful Symmetry, The Collapse of Chaos, and Nature's Numbers. He writes the ""Mathematical Recreations"" column in Scientific American, serves as mathematics consultant to New Scientist, and is a regular contribut...
Title:The Magical Maze: Seeing the World Through Mathematical EyesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.23 × 5.81 × 0.75 inPublished:August 9, 1999Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0471350656

ISBN - 13:9780471350651

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Table of Contents

The Magic of Numbers.

Panthers Don't Like Porridge.

Marilyn and the Goats.

The Slime Mould Saga.

The Pattern of Tiny Feet.

Turing's Train Set.

Queen Dido's Hide.

Gallery of Monsters.




From Our Editors

Both beguiling, bedeviling and at times, beyond our considerable brain power, mathematical mysteries have long challenged and excited the inquisitive left-brained of our culture. Not merely for math lovers alone, Ian Stewart’s whimsical book of puzzles, brain-teasers, parables and tales roams through more than 4,000 years of mind-boggling mysteries. The Magical Maze, created as a maze in book form for the more adventurous reader, discusses many marvels, from the temples of ancient Babylon to modern cryptology labs.