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The Art of Mathematics Can a Christian escape from a lion? How quickly can a rumour spread? Can you fool an airline into accepting oversize baggage? Recreational mathematics is full of frivolous questions in which the mathematician's art can be brought to bear. But play often has a purpose, whether it's bear cubs in mock fights, or war games. In mathematics, it can sharpen skills, or provide amusement, or simply surprise, and collections of problems ha
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  The Art of Mathematics Can a Christian escape from a lion? How quickly can a rumour spread? Can youfool an airline into accepting oversize baggage? Recreational mathematics is full of frivolous questions in which the mathematician's art can be brought to bear. Butplay often has a purpose, whether it's bear cubs in mock fights, or war games.In mathematics, it can sharpen skills, or provide amusement, or simply surprise,and collections of problems have been the stock-in-trade of mathematicians forcenturies. Two of the twentieth century's greatest players of problem posing andsolving, Erdos and Littlewood, are the inspiration for this collection, which isdesigned to be sipped from, rather than consumed in one sitting. The questionsthemselves range in difficulty: the most challenging offer a glimpse of deep resultsthat engage mathematicians today; even the easiest are capable of prompting readers to think about mathematics. All come with solutions, most with hints, and manywith illustrations.Whether you are an expert, or a beginner or an amateur, this book will delightfor a lifetime. BELA BOLLOBAS is a Senior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge andholds the Jabie Hardin Chair of Excellence in Combinatorics at the University of Memphis. He has held visiting positions from Seattle to Singapore, from Brazilto Zurich. This is his tenth book. GABRIELLA BOLLOBAS is an eminent portraitist. She has sculpted busts of manyoutstanding scientists, including Dirac, von Neumann, Hardy, Littlewood, Erdosand Hawking. She lives in Cambridge with her husband.  In re mathematica ars proponendi quaestionem pluris facienda est quamsolvendi. Georg Cantor Coffee Time in Memphis  The Art of Mathematics Coffee Time in Memphis Bela Bollobas University of Memphis andUniversity of Cambridge CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITYPRESS
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