Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension

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

eBook - 2014
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A book from the stand-up mathematician that makes math fun again!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 do—through 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 fourteen-year-olds. 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 four-dimensional shapes, and from there to infinity—and 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 hands-on 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 re-learn much of what we missed in school and, this time, to be utterly enthralled by it.
Publisher: 2014
ISBN: 9780374710378
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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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.

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.

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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