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Things to make and do in the fourth dimension : a mathematician's journey through narcissistic numbers, optimal dating algorithms, at least two kinds of infinity, and more

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aThings to make and do in the fourth dimension ba mathematician's journey through narcissistic numbers, optimal dating algorithms, at least two kinds of infinity, and more cMatt Parker.

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a1st American pbk. ed.

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aNew York bFarrar, Straus and Girouxc2015.

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a463 p. bill. c21 cm.

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aIncludes index.

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aA mathematician and comedian offers games, puzzles, and handson activities to help those with a fear of math understand and enjoy the logical tools and abstract concepts of the subject normally only accessible at collegelevel study.cPublisher's description

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a"Math is boring, says the mathematician and comedian Matt Parker. Part of the problem may be the way the subject is taught, but it's also true that we all, to a greater or lesser extent, find math difficult and counterintuitive. This counterintuitiveness is actually part of the point, argues Parker: the extraordinary thing about math is that it allows us to access logic and ideas beyond what our brains can instinctively dothrough its logical tools we are able to reach beyond our innate abilities and grasp more and more abstract concepts. In the absorbing and exhilarating Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension, Parker sets out to convince his readers to revisit the very math that put them off the subject as fourteenyearolds. Starting with the foundations of math familiar from school (numbers, geometry, and algebra), he reveals how it is possible to climb all the way up to the topology and to fourdimensional shapes, and from there to infinityand slightly beyond. Both playful and sophisticated, Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension is filled with captivating games and puzzles, a buffet of optional handson activities that entices us to take pleasure in math that is normally only available to those studying at a university level. Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension invites us to relearn much of what we missed in school and, this time, to be utterly enthralled by it." cPublisher's description.

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aMathematicsvPopular works.

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aMathematicsvHumor.

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aMathematical recreations.

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