Math Hysteria Fun and Games with Mathematics by Ian Stewart


Math Hysteria Fun and Games with Mathematics by Ian Stewart

Welcome to Ian Stewart's strange and magical world of mathematics! In Math Hysteria, Professor Stewart presents us with a wealth of magical puzzles, each one spun around an amazing tale: Counting the Cattle of the Sun; The Great Drain Robbery; and Preposterous Piratical Predicaments; to name but a few. Along the way, we also meet many curious characters: in short, these stories are engaging, challenging, and lots of fun!


In Math Hysteria, Professor Stewart presents us with a wealth of intriguing, challenging, and fun puzzles, each one spun around an amazing tale. L'Enseignement Mathematique, 2005

'ead in', to use a colloquialism and Ian Stewart has spent the last ten years making a career out of this capacity in mathematics and his ability to shed light upon the dark waters non-mathematically inclined folk swim in. While in the past he's focussed on a particular aspect of mathematics, such as fractals or Chaos theory in Math Hysteria he uses his undeniable enthusiasm and propensity to demystify to a slightly lesser effect. By looking at puzzles, inconsistencies and quirks created by the very numbers which underpin the foundations of our everyday reality, Stewart, succeeds in driving the point home: maths can be fun and an understanding of it can help you show off. Unfortunately, in this case, the lack of consistent focus of the book highlights the latter rather more than the former. The effect is a book which though illuminating, erudite and (occasionally) thought provoking, does leave the reader wondering why exactly it was written.

About the Author

Ian Stewart is Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University. An active research mathematician, he is also a well-known popularizer of mathematics and related areas of science. In 1995 he was awarded the Royal Society's Michael Faraday award for furthering the public understanding of science; his book Nature's Numbers was shortlisted for the 1996 Rhone-Poulenc Prize for Science Books; and he delivered the 1997 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, televised by the BBC. His many books include From Here to Infinity: a guide to today's mathematics, The Science of Discworld and The Science of Discworld II, What Shape is a Snowflake? and Flatterland.

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256 pages


Ian Stewart
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Oxford University Press

Publication date

13th May 2004



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