Anyone familiar with numbers, circles, straight lines and squares can become a mathematician. ‘All you have to do,’ claims David Wells, ‘is to learn to look at these objects with some insight and imagination, maybe do a few experiments, and be able to draw reasonable conclusions…’ This entertaining and informative introduction to mathematics begins with the secrets of triangles and the dazzling patterns formed by even the simplest numbers. It examines polyhedral cheeses, reverse Koch snowflakes and Rabbi Moses’ box, takes readers on ‘a journey from the Greek mathematicians to quantum theory’ and concludes with a challenging adventure game.
This is a comprehensive introduction into the fascinating world of mathematics that includes anecdotes and facts from math history as well as brief profiles of the great mathematicians. Includes over 100 brainteasing puzzles and problems with solutions at the end of each chapter.