June 16, 2011 - 01:44 — Anonymous

Publisher:

Cambridge University Press

Year:

2002

ISBN:

0-521-01678-9

Price (tentative):

£21.95

MSC main category:

00 General

Review:

This is an excellent collection of mathematical problems and puzzles at all levels of mathematical sophistication. The tasks are presented to little Dorothy by Dr. Oz, a mathematically obsessed alien. Dorothy tries to solve problems, each described via a nice story: this motivates the reader to solve the challenge. Full solutions are presented in the ‘Further Exploring’ part of the book.

The problems cover various topics: geometry and mazes, sequences, series, sets, arrangements, probability and misdirection, number theory, arithmetic and the physical world. As an example, consider the following problem: ‘Can you divide a triangle into finitely many triangles to produce all acute internal angles?’ The reader is guided to think about many interesting areas, and various methods are exploited and presented in a non-traditional way. The author has written many interesting books, and his website www.pickover.com is well known.

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