Chaotic fishponds and mirror universes

Richard Elwes

Why I looked at this book

This book looks like it presents mathematical topics in an interesting way. I find mathematics interesting anyway, but of course much of it is challenging, so it will be good if this book introduces me to new ideas in an entertaining way. I'm also interested in new ways of teaching mathematical concepts, and so I'll be looking to see how well the way this book is presented would suit those who struggle to learn maths via traditional teaching.

First impressions

From reading the sample the book hasn't seemed as interesting as I'd hoped. Sure, an idea like Aumann's agreement theorem looks a bit weird at first sight, but a little thought shows that it isn't really that counterintuitive. And then the book seems to get on to teach 'useful' rather than inspiring ideas. Mean, median, mode, it's pretty standard stuff. Of course there might be more interesting stuff later on, and maybe this is a good way to present maths, which is something I'm looking for. So I'll have to see how it turns out.
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