Professor Stewart explores the astonishing properties of numbers from 1-10 to zero and infinity, including every kind of number you can think of – real, imaginary, rational, irrational. positive and negative – along with several you might have thought you couldn't think of. He shows how numbers have evolved through the ages and reveals the way numerical theory enables everyday life.
Under Professor Stewart's guidance you will discover the mathematics of codes, Sudoko, Rubik's cube, music, primes and pi. You may be surprised to find you live in eleven-dimensional space, that of the 23 people on a football pitch two are more likely than not to share the same birthday, and that 42 is a very interesting number.
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Ian Stewart's recent books include (with Terry Pratchett and Jack Cohen) The Science of Discworld IV and (published by Profile) 17 Equations that Changed the World, The Great Mathematical Problems, Professor Stewart's Casebook of Mathematical Mysteries and Calculating the Cosmos. His app, Incredible Numbers, was published jointly by Profile and Touch Press in 2014.