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Treks into Intuitive Geometry


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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Art From Tiling Patterns.- Chapter 2 The Tile-Maker Theorem and Its Applications to Art and Designs.- Chapter 3 Patchwork.- Chapter 4 Reversible Pairs of Figures.- Chapter 5 Platonic Solids.- Chapter 6 Cross-Sections of Polyhedra.- Chapter 7 Symmetry of Platonic Solids.- Chapter 8 Double Duty Solids.- Chapter 9 Nets of Small Solids with Minimum Perimeter Lengths.- Chapter 10 Tessellation Polyhedra.- Chapter 11 Universal Measuring Boxes.- Chapter 12 Wrapping a Box.- Chapter 13 Bees, Pomegranates and Parallelohedra.- Chapter 14 Reversible Polyhedra.- Chapter 15 Elements of Polygons and Polyhedra.- Chapter 16 The Pentadron

About the Author

Jin Akiyama is a mathematician at heart. Currently, he is a fellow of the European Academy of Science, the founding editor of the journal Graphs and Combinatorics, and the director of the Research Institute of Math Education at Tokyo University of Science. He is particularly interested in graph theory and discrete and solid geometry and has published many papers in these fields. Aside from his research, he is best known for popularizing mathematics, first in Japan and then in other parts of the globe: his lecture series was broadcast on NHK (Japan's only public broadcaster) television and radio from 1991 to 2013. He was a founding member of the Organizing Committee of the UNESCO-sponsored traveling exhibition "Experiencing Mathematics", which debuted in Denmark in 2004. In 2013, he built a hands-on mathematics museum called Akiyama's Math Experience Plaza in Tokyo. He has authored and co-authored more than 100 books, including Factors and Factorizations of Graphs< (jointly with Mikio Kano, Lect. Notes Math., Springer, 2011) and A Day's Adventure in Math Wonderland (jointly with Mari-Jo Ruiz, World Scientific, 2008), which has been translated into nine languages.Kiyoko Matsunaga is a science writer for mathematics. She has contributed not only through Japanese-language books, but also in NHK TV programs on mathematics, including Math, I Like It for elementary students, Math Time Travel for junior and senior high school students, and The Joy of Math and Math Wonderland for the broader public.


"The subjects within Treks into Intuitive Geometry directly relate to what German mathematician David Hilbert distinguished as topics that could interest a 'man on the street.' ... The book contains colorful diagrams and reprints of famous artwork. ... Summing Up: Recommended. General readers through lower-division undergraduates." (M. D. Sanford, Choice, Vol. 54 (2), October, 2016)
"Treks into Intuitive Geometry is a delightful read covering various topics in geometry, from tilings of the plane to three-dimensional solids. ... This book is also filled with wonderful full-color illustrations. ... With these concrete topics and easy-going style, this book can be enjoyed by mathematicians and recreational puzzlers alike." (Tricia Muldoon Brown, MAA Reviews, maa.org, April, 2016)"The authors' efforts to provide figures and experiments, as well as the many references with 'everyday life' such as art, architecture and optimization, will be appreciated by teachers or self-taugth readers. In various way, this book is poetic, and contains several references to the Japanese culture and history. It is uncommon in its construction, well illustrated and entertaining. In summary, a good outreach book for a broad audience." (Matthieu Jacquemet, zbMATH 1339.52001, 2016)

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