How to Cut a Cake : And Other Mathematical Conundrums, Paperback Book

How to Cut a Cake : And Other Mathematical Conundrums Paperback

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Welcome back to Ian Stewart's magical world of mathematics!

This is a strange world of never-ending chess games, empires on the moon, furious fireflies, and, of course, disputes over how best to cut a cake. Each quirky tale presents a fascinating mathematical puzzle - challenging, fun, and also introducing the reader to a significant mathematical problem in an engaging and witty way.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 248 pages, 20 specially commissioned B&W cartoons, plus some simple mathematical diagrams
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Mathematics
  • ISBN: 9780199205905

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An enjoyable maths book. The chapters are short and interesting. Sometimes you need to do a bit of thinking, but that's not a problem. The chapters I found the most interesting were the pair, one about building empires on the moon and the following one on how that seemingly abstract problem was useful when testing electronic circuits. I once asked on Yahoo answers if there were any fields of maths that amateurs could tackle. The answer there was "probably not". However in this book there are examples of fields that haven't really been explored very much.