These pun-studded fables by a popular science writer make complicated mathematical concepts accessible and fun. Twelve essays take a playful approach to mathematics, investigating the topology of a warm blanket, the odds of bating a superior.
Eighteenth century scientists thought they had discovered the immutable laws of a universe that runs like clockwork, but they were quite wrong. The key to this chaotic world can be found in the concept of chaos, one of the most exciting breakthoughs in recent decades. The basic principles and practical applications are clearly presented here.