Cows in the Maze : And Other Mathematical Explorations, Paperback Book

Cows in the Maze : And Other Mathematical Explorations Paperback

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From the mathematics of mazes, to cones with a twist, and the amazing sphericon - and how to make one - Ian Stewart is back with more mathematical stories and puzzles that are as quirky as they are fascinating, and each from the cutting edge of the world of mathematics.

We find out about the mathematics of time travel, explore the shape of teardrops (which are not tear-drop shaped, but something much, much more strange!), dance with dodecahedra, and play the game of Hex, amongst many more strange and delightful mathematical diversions.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages, 25 b&w cartoons and line drawings
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Mathematics
  • ISBN: 9780199562077

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I've read three of Stewart's other works and thoroughly enjoyed them. For some reason, I could not get on with this one. I don't know whether it was due to a lack of numerical topics and focused more on topology, geometry and other abstract topics, but this book was not as mentally satisfying as the others.