The Room in the Elephant
This book continues the journey through the geometry of common shapes and the calculation of area that was begun in A Square Peg in a Round Hole. Written to be accessible to an able and interested 18-year old, it aims to appeal to students and teachers of mathematics and to anyone with a fascination for the subject.
Did Archimedes really play with tangrams a thousand years before their appearance in China? Why were building blocks developed in Germany decades before LEGO made its entrance? What advantage is there in making the paths around your garden 2m wide? Discover Georg Pick's method for finding areas on a grid of points, play with Kurschak's tiles, help Mary Boole with her needlework and explore Japanese temple geometry. Then tackle the multitude of problems in the final chapter.