Professor Stewart's Casebook of Mathematical Mysteries
Like its wildly popular predecessors Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities and Hoard of Mathematical Treasures, Professor Stewart's brand-new book is a miscellany of over 150 mathematical curios and conundrums, packed with trademark humour and numerous illustrations.
In addition to the fascinating formulae and thrilling theorems familiar to Professor Stewart's fans, the Casebook follows the adventures of the not-so-great detective Hemlock Soames and his sidekick Dr John Watsup (immortalised in the phrase 'Watsup, Doc?'). By a remarkable coincidence they live at 222B Baker Street, just across the road from their more illustrious neighbour who, for reasons known only to Dr Watsup, is never mentioned by name. A typical item is 'The Case of the Face-Down Aces', a mathematical magic trick of quite devilish cunning...
Ranging from one-liners to four-page investigations from the frontiers of mathematical research, the Casebook reveals Professor Stewart at his challenging and entertaining best.
Solving mathematical riddles with the world's most popular maths sleuth.
Britain's most brilliant and prolific populariser of mathematics -- Alex Bellos Guardian
Ian really is unsurpassed as raconteur of the world of numbers. He guides us on a mind-boggling journey from the ultra trivial to the profound. Thoroughly entertaining -- Jeremy Webb New Scientist
As the professor darts randomly from "digital cubes" to "the hairy ball theorem" with boundless playful curiosity, even those with only a sluggish interest in maths will find something to amuse and amaze --Sunday Telegraph
Anyone with a slight geeky bent to them, whether they be adult or teenager, will find plenty to edify, tickle and tantalise them. It'd make a wonderful present ... I can't wait for the next volume. Highly recommended -- Bookbag
Ian Stewart is Mathematics Professor Emeritus at Warwick University. His many books include Seventeen Equations that Changed the World , Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities , and The Great Mathematical Problems . He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, appears frequently on radio and television, and does research on pattern formation and network dynamics.