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 - 2014
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A mathematician and comedian offers games, puzzles, and hands-on activities to help those with a fear of math understand and enjoy the logical tools and abstract concepts of the subject normally only accessible at college-level study.
Published: New York :, Farrar, Straus & Giroux,, 2014.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9780374275655
0374275653
Branch Call Number: 510 PAR
Characteristics: 453 pages :,illustrations ;,24 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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