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A comprehensive discussion of the state-of-the-art in cake cutting problems for the novice and professional. The author offers a complete treatment of all cake cutting algorithms under all the considered definitions of fair and presents them in a reader-friendly manner.
Hardcover, 177 pages
Published July 15th 1998 by AK Peters (first published March 1998)
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May 03, 2015 Frank rated it really liked it
What do you expect from a book on mathematics?

1) It should be accessible, but not trivial.
2) The concepts should by well motivated and clearly explained. (CCA consistently introduces difficult proofs - of which there are a fair share in the later chapters - with a motivational prelude).
3) It should open the way to new lines of thought.

Books meeting points 2) and 3) are hard enough to come by, but point 1) may be the most difficult of all, as the constraints apply to nearly complementary sets.

Dec 26, 2008 Aaron rated it it was amazing
An absolutely delightful ride through the mathematics of how to fairy share resources. The only real drawback is that the book is ten years old, so people really interested in the subject would want to further explore the contemporary research. Don't worry about not having the needed mathematical background, gentle reader; if you can follow any sort of college-level proof, you can at least get through the first seven chapters.
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