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Softcover ISBN:  9781470441593 
Product Code:  MBK/111 
List Price:  $29.00 
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Product Code:  MBK/111.E 
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Softcover ISBN:  9781470441593 
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Book Details2017; 64 ppMSC: Primary 97
Embark on a playful mathematical tour, aided by Lisl Gaal's illustrations of familiar scenes and whimsical triggers for the imagination. Along the way, find fruit stands arranged using polynomial multiplication, checkerboard tablecloths sewed with patterns of primes in a twodimensional number system, and deceptive cats revealing that simple counting is not always so simple.
Grasping the mathematics in this book requires only a basic background in algebra and geometry, so while the ideas can be understood and enjoyed at a variety of levels, it is recommended for ages 13–99. Touching on topics in current research, this is a book to read and revisit, gaining new insights each time.
ReadershipAnyone (from ages 13–99) interested in math and the imagination.

Table of Contents

Chapters

Counting

The Pythagorean theorem

The volume of a pyramid

The area of a circle

Archimedes’s proof for the volume of a sphere

Pascal’s triangle

Gaussian integers

Permutations

The mathematics of probability and Markov processes

Desargue’s theorem

Seven circle theorem

Calculus

Multiplying ordinals

A daughter’s perspective


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The book is well written and easy to follow. The mathematics is easily accessible to a variety of readers. The highlight of the book is how the use of a simple illustration can jump start the imagination and provide a basis for the mathematical concepts. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in recreational mathematics.
Douglas Puharic, Mathematics Teacher 
The art is colorful and whimsical. Merrygorounds, fruit stands, dogs, and more are used to clarify the complex plane, Markov chains, generalized approaches to volume, and concepts up to basic calculus. Each chapter is an overview illustration supported by a few pages of text and additional figures. The material is ready for the reader seeking introduction to these ideas without rigor, or as classroom capsules to enliven presentation to high school and firstyear college audiences.
Tom Schulte, MAA Reviews


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Embark on a playful mathematical tour, aided by Lisl Gaal's illustrations of familiar scenes and whimsical triggers for the imagination. Along the way, find fruit stands arranged using polynomial multiplication, checkerboard tablecloths sewed with patterns of primes in a twodimensional number system, and deceptive cats revealing that simple counting is not always so simple.
Grasping the mathematics in this book requires only a basic background in algebra and geometry, so while the ideas can be understood and enjoyed at a variety of levels, it is recommended for ages 13–99. Touching on topics in current research, this is a book to read and revisit, gaining new insights each time.
Anyone (from ages 13–99) interested in math and the imagination.

Chapters

Counting

The Pythagorean theorem

The volume of a pyramid

The area of a circle

Archimedes’s proof for the volume of a sphere

Pascal’s triangle

Gaussian integers

Permutations

The mathematics of probability and Markov processes

Desargue’s theorem

Seven circle theorem

Calculus

Multiplying ordinals

A daughter’s perspective

The book is well written and easy to follow. The mathematics is easily accessible to a variety of readers. The highlight of the book is how the use of a simple illustration can jump start the imagination and provide a basis for the mathematical concepts. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in recreational mathematics.
Douglas Puharic, Mathematics Teacher 
The art is colorful and whimsical. Merrygorounds, fruit stands, dogs, and more are used to clarify the complex plane, Markov chains, generalized approaches to volume, and concepts up to basic calculus. Each chapter is an overview illustration supported by a few pages of text and additional figures. The material is ready for the reader seeking introduction to these ideas without rigor, or as classroom capsules to enliven presentation to high school and firstyear college audiences.
Tom Schulte, MAA Reviews