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Subtitled 'Fun and Games with Mathematics' this is a book about making maths, well, fun! Because of course the subject cannot stand on its own and must be made interesting with chapters on Monopoly, Go and tiling problems.

 

The real problem is that Stewart isn't a very good writer. You can't just put together the usual pick list of well-known maths subjects, you have to be able to put them across in an intelligent, engaging way.

 

He's no Martin Gardner, and I wish I'd picked one of his books from my own bookshelf instead of this from the library.

 

And I'm upset that it took longer than it ought for me to spot the glaringly obvious pun.

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