Ian Stewart

Twelve essays take a playful approach to the subject, exploring how to play poker over the telephone without the possibility of cheating, how to distinguish plausible fallacies from unbelievable facts, and how to cope mathematically with contorted worms, drunken tennis players, and snakes that eat their tails.

A former columnist for Scientific American‘s “Mathematical Games” section, Ian Stewart is a professor at the University of Warwick and the author of Another Fine Math You’ve Got Me Into… and a score of other books of mathematical recreations, popular science, and science fiction. In this collection of pun-studded fables, he once again exercises his immense talent for transforming complicated concepts of modern mathematics into stimulating, accessible fun. Stewart introduces the different kinds of infinity, explains how to build your virus, explores Pascal and Fermat’s brighter ideas, and even offers a dozen different puzzles for the twelve days of Christmas.

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