- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Reprint edition (November 24, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0374535639
- ISBN-13: 978-0374535636
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 252 customer ratings
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension: A Mathematician's Journey Through Narcissistic Numbers, Optimal Dating Algorithms, at Least Two Kinds of Infinity, and More Paperback – November 24, 2015
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“Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension shows off math at its most playful and multifarious, ranging from classics like knot theory and ruler-and-compass constructions to more whimsical topics like the topology of beer logos and error-correcting scarves.” ―Jordan Ellenberg, author of How to Not Be Wrong
“Matt Parker is some sort of unholy fusion of a prankster, wizard and brilliant nerd--maths is rarely this clever, funny and ever so slightly naughty.” ―Adam Rutherford, author of Creation
“This is the best book on recreational mathematics since Martin Gardner's My Best Mathematical and Logic Puzzles.” ―Library Journal
About the Author
Matt Parker is a stand-up comedian and mathematician. He writes about math for The Guardian, has a math column in The Telegraph, is a regular panelist on BBC Radio 4's The Infinite Monkey Cage, has appeared in and worked on World's Top 5 on the Discovery Channel, and has performed his math stand-up routines in front of audiences of thousands.
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In summary, a good read--well worth the time.
There is an easter egg in this book that is very well hidden, and will take you an afternoon to find. When you find it you will smugly show your friends, and they will block your phone number. Who needs friends anyway when you have this amazing book?
I'm giving this book to my grandchildren of various ages, hoping it will inspire them to love math--or at least respect it and understand how important it is in the smallest and largest aspects of the universe. If any of my grandchildren decide to become teachers, I hope they will engage their students by making their time in the classroom exciting and relevant to their everyday lives.
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I would give it 5 starts but I have to take half of the star off for the lack of fourth dimension when it comes to the book itself. It's just boring 3D cuboid made out of paper. I WANT MY 4TH DIMENSION BOOK!
And also another half for not explaining to me if the 4th dimension actually exists or if it's just a mathematical construct. I'm still a bit unsure about it...
But all in all, I'd recommend this book to everyone! Even to the hypoteticals :)
Allthough I have studied math for a while, Matt Parker introduces the reader to some of the concepts behind why people since the dawn of time enjoyed puzzels and riddles that later ended up in math we know today. He also encourages the reader to think of math as something fun by presenting puzzels at the beginning of each chapter. And the way he explaines that "pointless" math one day maybe can be used to something in "real world" problems are marvelous.
Lots of new staff to learn, in a fun and also practical way to try it at home, with easy builds...
(I think that's what education is supposed to be!)
Only read the first chapter
Gave it to a friend