Warum Kühe gern im Halbkreis grasen: ... und andere mathematische Knobeleien

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Albrecht Beutelspacher und Marcus Wagner versammeln die schönsten klassischen Aufgaben und Rätsel aus dem großen Reich der Knobeleien. Mit der Gewissheit: Diese Aufgaben muss man einfach kennen. Denn sie führen uns zu süßen Verführungen, zum Paradies mit Schinkenspeck- und Käsestückchen, zu Jägern und zu Bären und natürlich zu der Frage, warum Kühe gern im Halbkreis grasen. Ein Riesenspaß.
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Albrecht Beutelspacher, geb. 1950 in Tübingen, seit 1988 Professor am Mathematischen Institut der Universität Gießen. Gründer und Direktor des "Mathematikum"-Museums in Gießen. Zahlreiche Auszeichnungen. Zu seinen wichtigsten Veröffentlichungen zählen: "Pasta all' infinito. Meine italienische Reise in die Mathematik" (München 2001); "Christian und die Zahlenkünstler. Eine Reise in die wundersame Welt der Mathematik" (München 2005).

Marcus Wagner, geb. 1979 in Bad Nauheim. Seit 2007 wissenschaftlicher und pädagogischer Leiter im Dynamikum Science Center in Pirmasens.

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Verlag Herder GmbH
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Published on
Nov 27, 2014
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Pages
192
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ISBN
9783451804397
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Language
German
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Genres
Political Science / Political Economy
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