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

Book - 2015
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"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. Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension is filled with 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"--Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2015
Edition: First American paperback edition
ISBN: 9780374535636
0374535639
Characteristics: 463 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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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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