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1089 and All That By David Acheson (Fellow, Jesus College, Oxford)

1089 and All That

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Aims to make mathematics accessible to everyone. Providing an overview of the subject, this text includes several puzzles, and is accompanied by numerous illustrations and sketches by world famous cartoonists.

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1089 and All That: A Journey into Mathematics by David Acheson (Fellow, Jesus College, Oxford)

This excellent book, written by the established author David Acheson, makes mathematics accessible to everyone. Providing an entertaining and witty overview of the subject, the text includes several fascinating puzzles, and is accompanied by numerous illustrations and sketches by world famous cartoonists. This unusual book is one of the most readable explanations of mathematics available.

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... attractively produced ... The author has an easy, light style which should appeal to most readers. The Mathematical Gazette There are more fascinating things in the book that cannot be described here. So, here is the message to all potential readers of this type of mathematical writing: even though you have doubtless read everything by Keith Devlin, Simon Singh, Martin Gardner, Raymond Smullyan, Lewis Carroll and you-name-it, this wonderful work is yet another 'must' for your bookshelf! EMS ...pages filled with a contagious enthusiasm... It has been produced with great care: at more than one point, one notices how artfully figures were placed. For example, at least twice a surprising conclusion appears just as we turn the page... This book packs a lifetime of wisdom and delight into sixteen brief chapters. MAA Online I was surprised to see how much substantial mathematics David Acheson has squeezed into this well-crafted litte book... Even mathematicians will find fresh perspectives on old themes in this playful and inventive book. John Mighton, The Mathematical Intelligence ... this wonderful work is yet another 'must' for your bookshelf!... Well-known topics are not missing in the book, [readers] will always find something new and interesting in this book... each reader, whether mathematician or keen layman, will be delighted. European Mathematical Society Newsletter ... parts of this book are extremely funny... [It is] an ideal stocking filler... an ideal present for friends and relatives who are not mathematicians, but have enough curiosity to spend a gentle afternoon trying to find out what mathematics is about... Buy this book. London Mathematical Society Newsletter This is an excellent and entertaining little book... Every teenage mathematician and every school library should have a copy... a most entertaining read. Symmetry Plus It's an adorable, lovable, inspiring little masterpiece! MAA Online ... easy, light style ... covers many classic 'gems' of mathematics with the aim of providing the reader with a feel and, where possible, a readable explanation of the more intriguing parts of the subject. The Mathematical Gazette On the surface this book is another of those 'let's look at the funny things about numbers' books. But no, this one was far more than that. It treated subjects briefly but in depth and breadth, linked them together, didn't make assumptions about my mathematical understanding, but neither did it waste time looking into all the minutiae of the subject. Truly inspiring and a great read over a weekend. Mathematics Teaching This is a splendid little book. It has something for everyone, from the most "mathematically disadvantaged" even as far as those gnarled and bruised from a lifetime's engagement with such doughty opponents as the Navier-Stokes equations! David Acheson has brought together a collection of familiar topics which combine a solid mathematical content with a capacity to intrigue... the reader is left with a sense of the magic of mathematics. UK Nonlinear News There are a few mathematicians who succeed in writing popular accounts of their craft without being superficial or condescending. With this book Acheson has joined the best of them. Times Higher Education Supplement Most readers will find something to stimulate them in this book... The book is well illustrated with a nice balance of photos, diagrams and cartoons, and the text is easy to read, conveying the author's enjoyment of his subject. Anyone teaching mathematics would be stimulated by 1089 and all that: A Journey into Mathematics and it should find a place on the library shelves wherever mathematics is taught beyond GCSE. Mathematics in School Who would like this book? Absolutely anyone. It is so nicely written, so charming, and so entertainingly lighthearted, that it is an absolute little gem. Plus Magazine One of the happier effects of the explosion in popular science books is that every so often an author presents scientific ideas in a new way... Starting from such minimalist material, David Acheson works his way up to chaos and catastrophe. Not a page passes without at least one intriguing insight... This is a clever book, and anything but trivial... all mathematicians should buy at least a dozen copies to hand out to people they meet at parties. My enthusiasm for it knows no bounds. New Scientist A lovely little book. Simon Singh, author of Fermat's Last Theorem

About David Acheson (Fellow, Jesus College, Oxford)

Professor David Acheson is Emeritus Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford. As well as 1089 and All That, his other previously published titles include Elementary Fluid Dynamics (OUP, 1990) and From Calculus to Chaos: An Introduction to Dynamics (OUP, 1997).

Table of Contents

1. 1089 and All That; 2. "In Love with Geometrie"; 3. But ... that's Absurd ..; 4. The Trouble with Algebra; 5. The Heavens in Motion; 6. All Change!; 7. On Being as Small as Possible; 8. "Are We Nearly There?"; 9. A Brief History of pi; 10. Good Vibrations; 11. Great Mistakes; 12. What is the Secret of All Life?; 13. e=2.718 ..; 14. Chaos and Catastrophe; 15. Not Quite the Indian Rope Trick; 16. Real or Imaginary?

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1089 and All That: A Journey into Mathematics by David Acheson (Fellow, Jesus College, Oxford)
David Acheson (Fellow, Jesus College, Oxford)
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