From the OPTANO Library

In this section we present books every now and then that we consider worth reading; because they impart knowledge, inspire reflection or simply because they are a fascinating read.

Today: The Pea and the Sun: A mathematical paradox

by Leonard M. Wapner

What is it about?

Break a pea into a finite number of pieces, then reassemble them to form a solid ball the size of the sun. Impossible, you might think. However, in his book “The Sun and the Pea”, Leonard M. Wapner delivers a captivating account of how this can actually be achieved based on the Banach-Tarski Paradox or Theorem. The author explores the history, characters and mathematics behind this extraordinary theorem, of which little is known outside of the mathematical community.

Why should I read it?

Although the book deals with some heavy math, the Banach-Tarski paradox is explained in such a light and engaging fashion that it is accessible to both mathematicians and laymen alike. Wapner skilfully brings set theory to life and demonstrates the true wonders of math. Regardless of your mathematical background, if you are simply curious about paradoxes in general or enjoy optical illusions, then you will surely enjoy this book.

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