I keep citing the four-colour map theorem as proof that itâs possible to set up a hotel WiFi network so that, when Iâm in my room, I donât see fourteen identical hotel SSIDs, all at the exact same strength, all sitting at the Channel 1-3 range, so I canât get any reliable nor usable connection whatsoever.

I love Mr. Stewart, donât get me wrong, I own 4 of his books, but why isnât anyone remembering Rudy Ruckerâs fantastic books like âInfinity and the Mindâ etc.? Personally, I am not into science fiction, but his books on science fact and speculations/imaginations blow my mind! âŚand then, we have Max Tegmark taking it to a whole new levelâŚ

My wife gave me Prof. Stewartâs âMathematical Curiositiesâ book as a gift recently, equally highly recommended! Some good stuff to challenge your kids with in there too.

Huh. Iâll have to check out those two. In the meantime, I lazily dredged up this Tegmark quote:

âIn 50 years, you may be able to buy T-shirts on which are printed equations describing the unified laws of our universes.â

Stewart and Jack Cohen (biologist and fellow Brit) had quite a bit to say about that in their two co-authored books on emergent complexity, *The Collapse of Chaos* and *Figments of Reality*. The latter is a bit more philosophical, but both are fantastic reads.

One of the aspects of math which Iâve unfortunately missed learning about in school is the so called

Whatâs the best way to start appreciate this pervasive sense of interconnectedness between seemingly unrelated branches of mathematics?

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If you have a free afternoon, you could do worse than have a look at *The Education of T.C. Mits* by Lillian R.and Hugh Gray Lieber.

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