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The Magical Maze: Seeing the World Through Mathematical Eyes
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The Magical Maze: Seeing the World Through Mathematical Eyes [Format Kindle]

Ian Stewart

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Enter the magical maze of mathematics and explore the surprising passageways of a fantastical world where logic and imagination converge. For mathematics is a maze—a maze in your head—a maze of ideas, a maze of logic. And that maze in your mind is a powerful tool for understanding an even bigger maze—the one of cause and effect that we call "the universe." That is its special kind of magic. Real magic. Strange magic. Infinitely fascinating magic. Acclaimed author Ian Stewart leads you swiftly and humorously through the junctions, byways, and secret passages of the magical maze to reveal its beauty, surprise, and power. Along the way, he reveals the infinite possibilities that arise from what he calls "the two-way trade between the natural world and the human mind." If you’ve always loved mathematics, you will find endless delights in the twists and turns of The Magical Maze. If you’ve always hated mathematics, a trip through this marvelous book will do much to change your mind.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 4342 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 300 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 047119297X
  • Editeur : Wiley; Édition : 1 (11 mars 1998)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00H8AYFA6
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A wonderful introduction to recreational mathematics! 30 novembre 2005
Par T. J. Ellis - Publié sur
Other reviewers have criticized this book for its lack of detail and mathematical depth. Although that may be true for the experienced mathematician, this is an EXCELLENT introduction to the world of recreational mathematics. This book shows that math can be fun and useful and explains it in a way that anyone can understand. I often wondered, when I was younger, where logic tied in with math... I loved logic games and puzzles, things labeled as "math games" but I hated "math" -- arithmatic is totally lame. This book completely bridges the gap between logic games and mathematics and submerses the reader in a whole new, wonderful world. However, if you are already familiar with this world it may feel kind of like watching Seseme Street -- entertaining, but attempting to teach things you learned long ago. Either way it's an entertaining and educational (for the non-mathematician) romp in the frivolities of mathematics.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent introduction for the person new to the topics, very old and stale for the experienced 14 janvier 2014
Par Charles Ashbacher - Publié sur
From the time that I first read the recreational mathematical writings of Ian Stewart I have considered him to be one of the best at mathematical expository writing. His explanations are always clear, understandable and interesting. The issue that I have with the contents of this book is that much of it is a rehashing of problems that have been discussed in many other venues and explained by many other authors.
Passage (chapter) 3 is called "Marilyn and the Goats" and is a discussion of the problem also known as "The Monty Hall Problem" made (in)famous by Marilyn vos Savant in her "Ask Marilyn" column. This problem is one of the most controversial ever to be posed to the public and it has been written about so much that there is nothing new that Stewart could have contributed.
Passage (chapter) 2 is called "Panthers Don't Like Porridge" and is just the classic wolf, goat and cabbage problem. This is another problem that has also been beaten to death in the literature, the Towers of Hanoi problem is also used to illustrate the principles of constructing a decision tree.
Passage (chapter) 8 is called "Gallery of Monsters" and the subjects are fractals and chaos, topics that have appeared in so many other popular math books in the eighties and nineties that I was quite frankly surprised that they were included in this one.
The remainder of the book is made up of less well traveled paths of mathematical knowledge. Passage 1 contains some simple operations with numbers, although some of those numbers are the well-known Fibonacci sequence. Passage 4 describes some of the patterns that develop in biological systems based on the varying concentrations of control chemicals.
I found passage 5, "The Pattern of Tiny Feet" to be the most interesting, the coverage of the walking patterns of animals from rabbits to horses to elephants to be fascinating. All of these creatures have evolved to walk in an efficient manner and it is surprising that there is no single best way to move using four legs. Other material in this chapter refers to ways in which distinct objects will sometimes spontaneously synchronize.
The overriding theme of the book is the traversal of a simple maze, hence the title of the book as well as the chapters being called passages. In my opinion this did little more than add a few pages to the book without increasing the amount of mathematics covered.
If you are a fan of Stewart, you will enjoy the writing, even if the material is something that you have read through many times. There are sections of significant interest, but there are many that will be tedious for the experienced reader.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 This book changed my view of math. 4 octobre 2011
Par Ken - Publié sur
If you are already familiar with math, then this book won't be all that interesting to you. It doesn't go into too much depth about the mathematical principles behind the concepts it discusses, and it doesn't involve all that much actual math.

This book is really targetted towards people who never really saw math as anything other than another subject they hated in school, and it seeks to change their mind.

I was never that much of a "math person" before I read this book, and I just saw math as another subject in school, and I got average grades in math, and that was all it was to me.

This book taught me how to "think like a mathematician". I started to find myself actually liking math, and lo and behold, my grades even improved.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who has an ill view of mathematics, and would like to improve their general experience with it.

You might even find that you actually like math once you start looking at it as something besides a bunch of useless numbers, or a difficult class to get past.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 suitable for students in grade 10-12 BUT NOT FOR ME 5 janvier 1999
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
The content in this book is suitable only for beginners. If u think that u are quite familiar with recreational mathematic, this book is quite tedious and have no new topic.
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