Ralph P Boas, Jr (1912-92), was a distinguished American mathematician. After a talk he had given, somebody came up to him and said, 'You make mathematics seem like fun.' Boas was inspired to reply: 'If it isn't fun, why do it?'
Mathematics is indeed fun as this little book testifies. This book presents a unique collection of mathematical ideas, theories, theorems, conjectures, rules, facts, equations, formulas, paradoxes, fallacies and puzzles with short, simple and witty explanations that require no background in mathematics.
It is full of anecdotes, quotes, limericks and poems showing the quirky and amusing side of mathematics and of people who had added, in the words of Roger Bacon (1914-92), 'things to this world which cannot be made known without knowledge of mathematics.'
Get ready for a fascinating walk through mathematics.
"Maths made simple... explanations require no background in mathematics." — The Hindu
"Mathematics is world's best game. It can be played anywhere — Archimedes did it in his bathtub." — Richard J Trudeau