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This textbook is perfect for a math course for non-math majors, with the goal of encouraging effective analytical thinking and exposing students to elegant mathematical ideas. It includes many topics commonly found in sampler courses, like Platonic solids, Eulera€™s formula, irrational numbers, countable sets, permutations, and a proof of the Pythagorean Theorem. All of these topics serve a single compelling goal: understanding the mathematical patterns underlying the symmetry that we observe in the physical world around us. The exposition is engaging, precise and rigorous. The theorems are visually motivated with intuitive proofs appropriate for the intended audience. Students from all majors will enjoy the many beautiful topics herein, and will come to better appreciate the powerful cumulative nature of mathematics as these topics are woven together into a single fascinating story about the ways in which objects can be symmetric.A dodecahedron has F = 12 faces that are identical pentagons (S = 5). ... approach is to find cut-out templates for each shape by doing a web image search for something like a€œdodecahedron template. ... In how many ways can you do this?

Author:Kristopher Tapp
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2011-12-02


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