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Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension by Matt Parker

Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension

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A book that exists in more than one dimension! It’s a book that can be cut-up, drawn in and folded into shapes as Matt Parker engages his readers in a Mathematical wonder tour. He has a passion for Maths, a subject he even manages to incorporate into a successful stand-up act. Find out why it’s Matt’s passion, what Maths can do - the possibilities of numbers and the benefits of knowing your sums. Maths won’t ever be the same after reading Things to make and do in the Fourth Dimension

~ Sue Baker

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Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension by Matt Parker

This is the complete guide to exploring the fascinating world of maths you were never told about at school. Stand-up comedian and mathematician Matt Parker uses bizarre Klein Bottles, unimaginably small pizza slices, knots no one can untie and computers built from dominoes to reveal some of the most exotic and fascinating ideas in mathematics. Starting with simple numbers and algebra, this book goes on to deal with inconceivably big numbers in more dimensions than you ever knew existed. And always with something for you to make or do along the way.


'Matt Parker is some sort of unholy fusion of a prankster, wizard and brilliant nerd - clever, funny and ever so slightly naughty' -- Adam Rutherford, author of CREATION

'Essential reading' Observer

'Matt Parker is a lovely, funny, big, dork' -- Ben Goldacre

'Shows off maths 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 NOT TO BE WRONG

'This is the best book on recreational mathematics since Martin Gardner's My Best Mathematical and Logic Puzzles' -- Harold D. Shane, Mathematics Emeritus, Baruch Coll., CUNY Library Journal

About the Author

Matt Parker, known as the Stand-up Mathematician, can be seen talking about maths on the BBC, in the Guardian and on stages across the UK, at science fairs, festivals and in theatres. Originally a maths teacher from Australia, Matt now lives in Guildford in a house full of almost every retro video-game console ever made. Nothing can ever stand between Matt and computers: he's fluent in binary and could write your name in a sequence of 0s and 1s in seconds. In 2012 he and the Think Maths team made a fully functioning computer out of domino circuits: it took 10,000 dominoes, 12 people and 6 hours. When he's not working as the Public Engagement in Mathematics Fellow at Queen Mary University of London, doing stand-up or signing fans' calculators at the end of a show, Matt spends his time converting photographs into Excel spreadsheets. His favourite number is currently 2025.

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Publication date

2nd July 2015


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Penguin Books Ltd


480 pages


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