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Title:
Game, set, and math : enigmas and conundrums
Author:
Stewart, Ian.
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Publication Information:
New York : B. Blackwell, 1989.
Physical Description:
viii, 191 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780631171140
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Book

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Those who mourn the passing of Martin Gardner's popular "Mathematical Games" column in Scientific American will be interested to learn that Ian Stewart has taken up the reins for the French translation of that magazine, called Pour la Science. This volume is a collection of his columns translated back into English. Like Gardner's, they are generously illustrated and possessed of a broad humor. Stewart is a professional mathematician, and the spirit of serious mathematics girds his columns more consistently than Gardner's; there is little purely recreational mathematics here. Indeed, there is much that undergraduates, and their mathematics professors, can learn from these essays. They could help enormously to popularize mathematics; one only wishes that an English-language science magazine would take them up. Some topics treated implicitly or explicitly are geometric measure theory, stochastic processes, algebraic topology, coding theory, and number theory. Highly recommended. -D. V. Feldman, University of New Hampshire