Take an apple and cut it into five pieces. Would you believe that these five pieces can be reassembled in such a fashion so as to create two apples equal in shape and size to the original? Would you believe that you could make something as large as the sun by breaking a pea into a finite number of pieces and putting it back together again? Neither did Leonard Wapner, author of The Pea and the Sun, when he was first introduced to the Banach-Tarski paradox, which asserts exactly such a notion. Written in an engaging style, The Pea and the Sun catalogues the people, events, and mathematics that contributed to the discovery of Banach and Tarski's magical paradox. Wapner makes one of the most interesting problems of advanced mathematics accessible to the non-mathematician.
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Praise for the hardcover edition of The Pea and the Sun “A marvelous book” — Martin Gardner, The New Criterion “What is presented in this book is math for its own sake: beautiful, elegant, artistic, astonishing.” —Helen Joyce, Plus Magazine “In his immensely engaging book ... Wapner has chosen as the basis for his book the Banach-Tarski Paradox: quite simply, the finest paradox in all of mathematics.... The Banach-Tarski paradox is such a remarkable paradox precisely because—as impossible as it seems—it is true.” — John J. Watkins, The Mathematical Intelligencer “This book is sure to intrigue, fascinate, and challenge the mathematically inclined reader.” —Charles W. Mitchell Jr., Mathematics TeacherAbout the Author:
Leonard Wapner is a Professor of Mathematics at El Camino College in Torrance, California. He received his BA and MAT degrees in mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles. During his thirty-year tenure at El Camino, his writings on mathematics education have appeared in The Mathematics Teacher (The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) and The AMATYC Review (The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges). This is his first book. Len lives in Seal Beach, California with his wife Mona, daughter Kirsty, and Labrador retriever Bailey.
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