By Matt Parker
A e-book from the stand-up mathematician that makes math enjoyable again!
Math is dull, says the mathematician and comic Matt Parker. a part of the matter could be the manner the topic is taught, yet it's additionally actual that all of us, to a better or lesser quantity, locate math tricky and counterintuitive. This counterintuitiveness is really a part of the purpose, argues Parker: the intense factor approximately math is that it permits us to entry good judgment and ideas past what our brains can instinctively do—through its logical instruments we will succeed in past our innate skills and grab increasingly more summary concepts.
within the soaking up and exhilarating Things to Make and Do within the Fourth Dimension, Parker units out to persuade his readers to revisit the very math that placed them off the topic as fourteen-year-olds. beginning with the rules of math popular from tuition (numbers, geometry, and algebra), he finds the way it is feasible to climb the entire approach as much as the topology and to 4-dimensional shapes, and from there to infinity—and somewhat beyond.
either playful and sophisticated, issues to Make and Do within the Fourth Dimension is stuffed with attractive video games and puzzles, a buffet of non-compulsory hands-on actions that entices us to get pleasure from math that's mostly in simple terms to be had to these learning at a college point. Things to Make and Do within the Fourth Dimension invitations us to re-learn a lot of what we neglected at school and, this time, to be completely enthralled by means of it.
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