Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension

Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension

Book - 2014
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Mathematics made mouth-watering.
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension is an alternative math class. How can math help you choose a second-hand car? Why is a text message like a Sudoku? How much fun can you have with a barcode? Matt Parker explains that math is difficult because it's one of the few subjects that requires us to train our brains to think in an entirely new way, and to confront things with no direct analogy in everyday life--imaginary numbers, snowflakes that only exist in 196884 dimensions, and objects beyond infinity--and shows us why it's worth the effort.
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Starting with basic arithmetic and geometry, Things To Make and Do teaches us the math we never got to enjoy at school. Each chapter is structured around activities and thought experiments: we are invited to make a calculator out of dominoes, find out why wrapping oranges in plastic wrap is a good way to learn about higher dimensions, and discover what soap bubbles have to teach us about calculus. A series of incremental and hugely entertaining steps take us all the way from simple algebra to the most exotic and fascinating ideas in mathematics: Klein bottles, higher dimensional topology and the many different species of infinity, via unimaginably small pizza slices, Mobius strips and a thorough examination of The Sausage Conjecture.
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; This lively, funny, and deeply intelligent book teaches math in a fun, interactive manner rather than by rote learning and exercises. You'll not look at the number 37 the same way again. And you just might take part in Mobius strip craftwork.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780385680585
Branch Call Number: 510 PAR

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MartinDani
May 10, 2017

This is definitely one of the best math books I picked up in the library. I enjoyed reading it. The topics it covers are fun and stimulating.

VaughanPLKasey Nov 09, 2016

Matt Parker makes high-level math concepts accessible like no one else I’ve ever seen, using familiar everyday concepts and examples and a mixture of grade-school style hand-on activities to bring the abstract back down to earth and reality. For those that want to go even deeper, some of the more arcane concepts and proofs are more fully explained in the “The Answers at the Back of the Book”.

More than any other book I’ve read, Parker’s journey through numbers and beyond really brings out the fun and whimsy there is to be found in the world of math.

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Erikmontgelas
Feb 29, 2016

Matt Parker gives us a wonderful insight into the world of mathematics not typically taught in American public schools. From learning about strange numerical patterns to the strange appearances of pi, Parker allows us to see beyond the number crunching of basic mathematics and allows anyone interested to start to enjoy a subject which for many was and is a loathsome chore.

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stewstealth
Dec 23, 2015

An interesting look at varied mathematics and mathematical concepts. The author presents these concepts in a fun, tongue in cheek way to assist in conceptualizing the different shapes and dimensions. Doesn't make you do any math but it helps if you have some knowledge. Worth reading if you are interested.

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