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# Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension

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- Cut pizzas in new and fairer ways!

- Fit a 2p coin through an impossibly small hole!

- Make a perfect regular pentagon by knotting a piece of paper!

- Tie your shoes faster than ever before, saving literally seconds of your life!

- Use those extra seconds to contemplate the diminishing returns of an exclamation-point at the end of every bullet-point!

- Make a working computer ...more

- Fit a 2p coin through an impossibly small hole!

- Make a perfect regular pentagon by knotting a piece of paper!

- Tie your shoes faster than ever before, saving literally seconds of your life!

- Use those extra seconds to contemplate the diminishing returns of an exclamation-point at the end of every bullet-point!

- Make a working computer ...more

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Hardcover, 455 pages

Published
October 30th 2014
by Particular Books
(first published October 7th 2014)

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*Quirks & Quarks*from CBC Radio. Then Josie, one of my Canadian friends still teaching in England, was filling me in on how she went to one of Matt Parker’s stand-up events and how awesome it was. When I informed her I had purchased a signed copy of

*Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension*on the Internets, she was suitably envious. Not, however, as envious as I was for her singular stand-up experience—I don’t like stand-up, but I’d probably watch math ...more

The maths in this book covers a lot of ground. To start with, this is

*not*a ...more

I absolutely loved the title, although in a way it's a bit of a let down, as their are relatively few things to 'make and do' here - it is mostly straightforward recreational ...more

Sep 25, 2014
Jayhan Regner
marked it as to-read

This is a really interesting book! I can't wait to read it!

*“Sadly, very little school maths focuses on how to win free drinks in a pub.”*

What a great book about math! Matt Parker knows how to teach you what mathematics is really all about (spoiler: not only about winning free drinks, but including that). He shows that it’s more than just your everyday calculating at the supermarket and your struggle with calculus in school. Math literally makes the world go round and it’s in your everyday life in ways you would have never expected. Parker knows his stuff ...more

Well-- almost. There's a lot of practical stuff to do with this book, and it's quite hard to attempt to fit a 2p coin through a hole the size of a 5p piece on the 1759 to Aylesbury Vale Parkway. And it's nearly impossible to find a mobius strip.

It's a great book - fun maths problems and surprising mathematical results, all simply explained and amusingly illustrated. It's choc-a-block with dreadful, dreadful jokes, maths ...more

I've never read a book about math before, and honestly, Parker knows how to make something that a lot of people see as stale and write it to be very interesting. I particularly enjoyed how he showed how certain mathematical theories are applicable to real life - something high school never did for me. He had me laughing out loud at parts, which I really appreciated. If you're up for something ...more

This book is not like most other books anyone reads. There is no plot or story going on, but rather a chapter system where each ...more

This is a book on grownup maths and, unsurprisingly, it's a lot of fun of you are the right kind of person. Similarly to sticking to the SF&F genres as your preferred literature type into the adulthood allows you to encounter some the best ...more

Here’s a definition of the fourth dimension from Google:

“1. a postulated spatial dimension additional to those determining length, area, and volume.

2. time regarded as analogous to linear dimensions.”

Mathematician and fun-loving guy Matt Parker is employing the first definition in this book. Since “postulated” is just a fancy word for something that may not exist I have to say that there is nothing to do in the fourth dimension. However ...more

To be fair, this wasn’t the book’s fault. It just wasn’t what I was expecting. I like a book on numbers, I really enjoyed Alex’s Adventures in Numberland, but this was totally different.

Rather than looking at fascinating things to do with numbers, this is more a plaything for numbers. Whether you’re exploring ...more

Everybody felt threatened by him and could not accept his ideas and presence anymore. What happened next? Were the gods so angry with him and tried to punish him or was he pushed overboard by his colleagues?

Sounds like a soap opera? It is simply the story of Hippasus, who is thought to be the first person to discover irrational numbers :)

Even numbers, odd numbers, prime ...more

The reason I gave it 3 stars is because I read it too late. Though Math remains one of my most favorite subjects, I don't think I will be able to keep on looking and reading Math independently, without help. I can only rely on clear, enthusiastic nerd like Matt Parker.

Few notes to myself: Euler is awesome.

I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.

The book is fun and interesting, I've learnt a lot reading it. My only comments are related to editing choices. For example, it is annoying when a diagram is not on the same ...more

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“Sadly, very little school maths focuses on how to win free drinks in a pub.”
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“As the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman allegedly said of his own subject: ‘Physics is a lot like sex; sure it has a practical use, but that’s not why we do it.”
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