Surprises in mathematics
David Acheson (who will be President of the Mathematical Association in 2010 - 2011) talks about the things that first drew him towards mathematics and then inspired him subsequently.
They involve two astonishing things:
- first the sheer persistence of the number
which he used as the title of a book:
1089 and all that
A journey into mathematics
- and in showing how the Indian rope trick could actually be done.
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