Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities
Ian Stewart is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick. He has written over seventy books, many of which are popular accounts of science and mathematics. His writing has appeared in New Scientist, Discover,Scientific American, and many newspapers in the United States and the United Kingdom. He lives in Coventry, England.
Booklist "[Armchair mathematicians] are certain to find pleasure in this cornucopia of puzzles, brainteasers, and digressions... The ideal book for dispelling the supposed drudgery of mathematics with its real magic." New Scientist "Stewart has a genius for explanation that allows details of the Poincare conjecture and Riemann hypothesis to sit happily alongside a quip about a chicken crossing a Mobius strip... Mathematics doesn't come more entertaining than this." Chicago Tribune "The exciting side of math -- puzzles, games and thrilling oddities." Science News "What positive integer is equal to its own Scrabble score when spelled out in full? Stewart...offers this and a hodgepodge of other puzzles, paradoxes, brainteasers, tricks, facts and jokes, which he accurately calls 'curiosities.'." IEEE Spectrum "Open one of the 179 'drawers' in Professor Stewart's cabinet, and you might find just a one-liner...or a seven-page essay on Fermat's last theorem... The book can be devoured in one giant gulp or savored, one curiosity at a time."