### The Bedside Book Of Geometry

I've finished another book. This one is
The Bedside Book Of Geometry. It's a fairly light read and
probably needs a Year 12 or so understanding of mathematics to
enjoy. It starts with constructions with compass and straightedge
and covering all manner of interestinng topics. Space-filling
curves, fractals, map colourings, graph theory and the golden ratio
all get a mention. Interleaved with the mathematical concepts are
biographies of various mathematicians from Euclid to Grigori
Perelman and Martin Gardner.

Each page is presented beautifully and it's clear that whoever
laid out the book knew what they were doing. Almost every topic and
bigraphy is given two pages, a large chunk of which is assigned to
side-bars and diagrams. This is especially important in the compass
and straightedge constructions, but every topic benefits greatly
from its diagrams.

My main complaint with the book is that it's too short. Most
topics end quite abruptly just as they're getting interesting.
Adding a second page to each topic wouldn't go astray, but the
number of topics would need to be reduced. Otherwise, this pleasant
little volume would become an intimidating tome.

Would I recommend it? Sure, but probably only to mathematically
inclined non-mathematicians. I fear it'd be a bit too demanding
otherwise.