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The Magical Maze

Author : Ian Stewart
ISBN : UOM:39076002014053
Genre : Mathematics
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Approaches mathematics using an assortment of puzzles and problems and the metaphorical structure of a maze.

Off The Main Sequence

Author : Tom Easton
ISBN : 9780809512058
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Tom Easton has served as the monthly book review columnist for Analog Science Fiction for almost three decades, having contributed during that span many hundreds of columns and over a million words of penetrating criticism on the best literature that science fiction has to offer. His reviews have been celebrated for their wit, humor, readability, knowledge, and incisiveness. His love of literature, particularly fantastic literature, is everywhere evident in his essays. Easton has ever been willing to cover small presses, obscure authors, and unusual publications, being the only major critic in the field to do so on a regular basis. He seems to delight in finding the rare gem among the backwaters of the publishing field. "A reviewer's job," he says, "is not to judge books for the ages, but to tell readers enough about a book to give them some idea of whether they would enjoy it." And this he does admirably, whether he's discussing the works of the great writers in the field, or touching upon the least amongst them. This companion volume to "Periodic Stars" (Borgo/Wildside) collects another 250 of Easton's best reviews from the last fifteen years of "The Reference Library." No one does it better, and no other guide provides such lengthy or discerning commentary on the best SF works of recent times. Complete with Introduction and detailed Index.

Christmas At The Royal Institution

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ISBN : 9789814474337
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Brushstrokes Into The World Of Mathematics

Author : Drora Booth
ISBN : 9781925416695
Genre : Education
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'While there have been many studies documenting the close relationship between the early drawings of young children and written language, it is exciting for educators and parents to learn, through the research of Dr Booth, that intuitive pattern painting, free from the expectation of producing representative images, can support the development of mathematical and scientific concepts.' - Edward Broomhall 'I first became aware of Drora's ideas in the 1970s. I was a lecturer in Child Development at the Nursery School Teachers' College, where Drora had trained to become an early childhood teacher. Over a long period she had been developing her theory regarding the value of children's non-representational painting, and what their paintings revealed about early stages of their intellectual development. I saw examples of what she described in my own children's preschool paintings, so I was intrigued and hoped she would continue to both work with children and further explore the links between children's painting and the foundations of mathematical thinking. Drora has indeed gone on to make this her life's work. She has been an inspiration both as a dedicated teacher and a scholar who was prepared to go against received wisdom regarding the way children should be taught to paint, and to study higher mathematics in order to gain a deeper understanding of the significance of children's intuitive pattern-making. The result has been her collection of beautiful children's paintings, the gift to many children of an absorbing and satisfying activity, and a bold and original contribution to our understanding of how children's concepts develop. I hope that research in the future will build on the foundations she has laid, with consequent benefit to the education of our children.' - Leone Huntsman

Success With Mathematics

Author : Heather Cooke
ISBN : 9781134426546
Genre : Education
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Many students find the leap between school and university level mathematics to be significantly greater than they expected. Success with Mathematics has been devised and written especially in order to help students bridge that gap. It offers clear, practical guidance from experienced teachers of mathematics in higher education on such key issues as: * getting started * ways of studying * assessment * mathematical communication * learning by doing * using ICT * using calculators * what next. After reading this book, students will find themselves better prepared for the change in pace, rigour and abstraction they encounter in degree level mathematics. They will also find themselves able to broaden their learning strategies and improve their self-directed study skills. This book is essential reading for anyone following, or about to undertake, a degree in mathematics, or other degree courses with mathematical content.

Symmetry Shape And Surfaces

Author : L. Christine Kinsey
ISBN : 1930190093
Genre : Mathematics
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This text is modern in its selection of topics and in the learning models used by the authors. Covers some exciting, but non-traditional topics from the subject area of geometry.

The Unimaginable Mathematics Of Borges Library Of Babel

Author : William Goldbloom Bloch
ISBN : 9780199887309
Genre : Mathematics
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"The Library of Babel" is arguably Jorge Luis Borges' best known story--memorialized along with Borges on an Argentine postage stamp. Now, in The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges' Library of Babel, William Goldbloom Bloch takes readers on a fascinating tour of the mathematical ideas hidden within one of the classic works of modern literature. Written in the vein of Douglas R. Hofstadter's Pulitzer Prize-winning G?del, Escher, Bach, this original and imaginative book sheds light on one of Borges' most complex, richly layered works. Bloch begins each chapter with a mathematical idea--combinatorics, topology, geometry, information theory--followed by examples and illustrations that put flesh on the theoretical bones. In this way, he provides many fascinating insights into Borges' Library. He explains, for instance, a straightforward way to calculate how many books are in the Library--an easily notated but literally unimaginable number--and also shows that, if each book were the size of a grain of sand, the entire universe could only hold a fraction of the books in the Library. Indeed, if each book were the size of a proton, our universe would still not be big enough to hold anywhere near all the books. Given Borges' well-known affection for mathematics, this exploration of the story through the eyes of a humanistic mathematician makes a unique and important contribution to the body of Borgesian criticism. Bloch not only illuminates one of the great short stories of modern literature but also exposes the reader--including those more inclined to the literary world--to many intriguing and entrancing mathematical ideas.

The Puzzle Instinct

Author : Marcel Danesi
ISBN : 0253217083
Genre : Games
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"Humans are the only animals who create and solve puzzles—for the sheer pleasure of it—and there is no obvious genetic reason why we would do this. Marcel Danesi explores the psychology of puzzles and puzzling, with scores of classic examples. His pioneering book is both entertaining and enlightening." —Will Shortz, Crossword Editor, The New York Times "... Puzzle fanatics will enjoy the many riddles, illusions, cryptograms and other mind-benders offered for analysis." —Psychology Today "... a bristlingly clear... always intriguing survey of the history and rationale of puzzles.... [A] splendid study...." —Knight Ridder Newspapers

Joyful Teaching And Learning In The Primary School

Author : Denis Hayes
ISBN : 9781473914100
Genre : Education
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This new title applies inspiring ideas and teaching approaches to the different subject areas taught in primary schools. Using a practical, subject-based approach, it promotes creativity, innovativeness and enthusiasm as integral to effective teaching and enhanced standards. Each chapter introduces a subject, its key issues, vital knowledge and pedagogical implications. In addition, case studies, action points, key quotes and thought-provoking suggestions for practice encourage readers to engage with the text. Offering refreshing, innovative perspectives in an accessible format, this book will help trainees and teachers to develop skills, boost their confidence and, crucially, increase their own and their pupils' enjoyment.

Help Your Talented Child

Author : Barry Teare
ISBN : 9781855395183
Genre : Education
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Able and Talented specialist Barry Teare brings parents and carers right up-to-date with new developments on the thinking and provision for gifted children. He advises how to provide able children with the very best opportunities by working in partnership with schools and specialist organizations. The book includes masses of imaginative activities to challenge and stimulate able and talented children.

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