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The Magical Maze

Author : Ian Stewart
ISBN : UOM:39076002014053
Genre : Mathematics
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Approaches mathematics using an assortment of puzzles and problems and the metaphorical structure of a maze.
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Off The Main Sequence

Author : Tom Easton
ISBN : 9780809512058
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Tom Easton has served as the monthly book review columnist for Analog Science Fiction for almost three decades, having contributed during that span many hundreds of columns and over a million words of penetrating criticism on the best literature that science fiction has to offer. His reviews have been celebrated for their wit, humor, readability, knowledge, and incisiveness. His love of literature, particularly fantastic literature, is everywhere evident in his essays. Easton has ever been willing to cover small presses, obscure authors, and unusual publications, being the only major critic in the field to do so on a regular basis. He seems to delight in finding the rare gem among the backwaters of the publishing field. "A reviewer's job," he says, "is not to judge books for the ages, but to tell readers enough about a book to give them some idea of whether they would enjoy it." And this he does admirably, whether he's discussing the works of the great writers in the field, or touching upon the least amongst them. This companion volume to "Periodic Stars" (Borgo/Wildside) collects another 250 of Easton's best reviews from the last fifteen years of "The Reference Library." No one does it better, and no other guide provides such lengthy or discerning commentary on the best SF works of recent times. Complete with Introduction and detailed Index.
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Brushstrokes Into The World Of Mathematics

Author : Drora Booth
ISBN : 9781925416695
Genre : Education
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'While there have been many studies documenting the close relationship between the early drawings of young children and written language, it is exciting for educators and parents to learn, through the research of Dr Booth, that intuitive pattern painting, free from the expectation of producing representative images, can support the development of mathematical and scientific concepts.' - Edward Broomhall 'I first became aware of Drora's ideas in the 1970s. I was a lecturer in Child Development at the Nursery School Teachers' College, where Drora had trained to become an early childhood teacher. Over a long period she had been developing her theory regarding the value of children's non-representational painting, and what their paintings revealed about early stages of their intellectual development. I saw examples of what she described in my own children's preschool paintings, so I was intrigued and hoped she would continue to both work with children and further explore the links between children's painting and the foundations of mathematical thinking. Drora has indeed gone on to make this her life's work. She has been an inspiration both as a dedicated teacher and a scholar who was prepared to go against received wisdom regarding the way children should be taught to paint, and to study higher mathematics in order to gain a deeper understanding of the significance of children's intuitive pattern-making. The result has been her collection of beautiful children's paintings, the gift to many children of an absorbing and satisfying activity, and a bold and original contribution to our understanding of how children's concepts develop. I hope that research in the future will build on the foundations she has laid, with consequent benefit to the education of our children.' - Leone Huntsman
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Success With Mathematics

Author : Heather Cooke
ISBN : 9781134426546
Genre : Education
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Many students find the leap between school and university level mathematics to be significantly greater than they expected. Success with Mathematics has been devised and written especially in order to help students bridge that gap. It offers clear, practical guidance from experienced teachers of mathematics in higher education on such key issues as: * getting started * ways of studying * assessment * mathematical communication * learning by doing * using ICT * using calculators * what next. After reading this book, students will find themselves better prepared for the change in pace, rigour and abstraction they encounter in degree level mathematics. They will also find themselves able to broaden their learning strategies and improve their self-directed study skills. This book is essential reading for anyone following, or about to undertake, a degree in mathematics, or other degree courses with mathematical content.
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The Unimaginable Mathematics Of Borges Library Of Babel

Author : William Goldbloom Bloch
ISBN : 9780199887309
Genre : Mathematics
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"The Library of Babel" is arguably Jorge Luis Borges' best known story--memorialized along with Borges on an Argentine postage stamp. Now, in The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges' Library of Babel, William Goldbloom Bloch takes readers on a fascinating tour of the mathematical ideas hidden within one of the classic works of modern literature. Written in the vein of Douglas R. Hofstadter's Pulitzer Prize-winning G?del, Escher, Bach, this original and imaginative book sheds light on one of Borges' most complex, richly layered works. Bloch begins each chapter with a mathematical idea--combinatorics, topology, geometry, information theory--followed by examples and illustrations that put flesh on the theoretical bones. In this way, he provides many fascinating insights into Borges' Library. He explains, for instance, a straightforward way to calculate how many books are in the Library--an easily notated but literally unimaginable number--and also shows that, if each book were the size of a grain of sand, the entire universe could only hold a fraction of the books in the Library. Indeed, if each book were the size of a proton, our universe would still not be big enough to hold anywhere near all the books. Given Borges' well-known affection for mathematics, this exploration of the story through the eyes of a humanistic mathematician makes a unique and important contribution to the body of Borgesian criticism. Bloch not only illuminates one of the great short stories of modern literature but also exposes the reader--including those more inclined to the literary world--to many intriguing and entrancing mathematical ideas.
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The Puzzle Instinct

Author : Marcel Danesi
ISBN : 0253217083
Genre : Games
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"Humans are the only animals who create and solve puzzles—for the sheer pleasure of it—and there is no obvious genetic reason why we would do this. Marcel Danesi explores the psychology of puzzles and puzzling, with scores of classic examples. His pioneering book is both entertaining and enlightening." —Will Shortz, Crossword Editor, The New York Times "... Puzzle fanatics will enjoy the many riddles, illusions, cryptograms and other mind-benders offered for analysis." —Psychology Today "... a bristlingly clear... always intriguing survey of the history and rationale of puzzles.... [A] splendid study...." —Knight Ridder Newspapers
Category: Games

Nature S Numbers

Author : Ian Stewart
ISBN : 9781780227771
Genre : Mathematics
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A mathematical sightseeing tour of the natural world from the author of THE MAGICAL MAZE Why do many flowers have five or eight petals, but very few six or seven? Why do snowflakes have sixfold symmetry? Why do tigers have stripes but leopards have spots? Mathematics is to nature as Sherlock Holmes is to evidence. Mathematics can look at a single snowflake and deduce the atomic geometry of its crystals; it can start with a violin string and uncover the existence of radio waves. And mathematics still has the power to open our eyes to new and unsuspected regularities - the secret structure of a cloud or the hidden rhythms of the weather. There are patterns in the world we are now seeing for the first time - patterns at the frontier of science, yet patterns so simple that anybody can see them once they know where to look.
Category: Mathematics

Das Zebra Buch Zur Geometrie

Author : Ferdinand Verhulst
ISBN : 9783642052484
Genre : Mathematics
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In den Niederlanden erscheint seit ca. zehn Jahren die erfolgreiche Zebra-Buchreihe, die durch eine einzigartige Kooperation von Schulpraktikern, Mathematikdidaktikern und Fachwissenschaftlern entstanden ist. Ausgewählt für eine Übersetzung ins Deutsche wurde der Band mit dem Schwerpunktthema Geometrie. Die zahlreichen Facetten der Geometrie und ihre Querverbindungen innerhalb und außerhalb der Mathematik werden in dieser Sammlung erfahrbar. Leser werden zudem angeregt, selbst mehr herauszufinden. Im Internet stehen dafür weitere Materialien bereit.
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Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix

Author : J.K. Rowling
ISBN : 9781781103784
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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«Η κατάρα που απέτυχε να σε σκοτώσει δημιούργησε έναν περίεργο δεσμό ανάμεσα σε εσένα και στον Άρχοντα του Σκότους. Τα στοιχεία δείχνουν ότι κάποιες στιγμές που το μυαλό σου είναι χαλαρωμένο, και άρα ευάλωτο –όταν κοιμάσαι για παράδειγμα– μοιράζεσαι τις σκέψεις και τα συναισθήματά του. Ο διευθυντής δε θέλει να συνεχιστεί αυτό. Θέλει να σου διδάξω τη σφραγισματική για να σφραγίζεις το μυαλό σου στον Άρχοντα του Σκότους. Το Χόγκουαρτς ζει σκοτεινές ώρες. Μετά από την επίθεση που κάνουν οι Παράφρονες στον ξάδελφό του τον Ντάντλι, ο Χάρι Πότερ ξέρει πως ο Βόλντεμορτ θα κάνει τα πάντα για τον εντοπίσει. Υπάρχουν πολλοί που δεν πιστεύουν πως ο Σκοτεινός Άρχοντας επέστρεψε, αλλά ο Χάρι δεν είναι μόνος του: ένα μυστικό τάγμα συγκεντρώνεται στο Γκρίμολντ Πλέις για να αντισταθεί στις σκοτεινές δυνάμεις. Ο Χάρι πρέπει να αφήσει τον καθηγητή Σνέιπ να τον διδάξει πώς να προστατευθεί από τις άγριες επιθέσεις του Βόλντεμορτ στο μυαλό του. Αλλά οι επιθέσεις γίνονται κάθε μέρα και πιο άγριες και ο χρόνος δεν είναι με το μέρος του Χάρι...
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