Wonders of Numbers

Wonders of Numbers

Adventures in Mathematics, Mind, and Meaning

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
A guide to the mysteries of math introduces readers to the world behind the numbers and offers problems, puzzles, and games to illustrate various issues.

Baker
& Taylor

Taking on a host of vexing and interesting mathematical subjects, this guide to the mysteries of math introduces readers to the world behind the numbers.

Oxford University Press
If we actually received messages from the stars, what would we do with them? Who were the five strangest mathematicians in history? What are the ten most interesting numbers? Who is the Number King? Jam-packed with thought-provoking mathematical mysteries, puzzles, and games--as well as the answers to all of the above questions--Wonders of Numbers will enchant even the most left-brained of readers.
Hosted by the quirky Dr. Googol--who resides on an island in Sri Lanka and occasionally collaborates with Clifford Pickover--Wonders of Numbers focuses on creativity and the delight of discovery. Here is a potpourri of common and unusual number theory problems of varying difficulty--each presented in brief chapters that convey to readers the essence of the problem rather than the extraneous, convoluted history of it. Want to know about undulating numbers? Turn to Chapter 53 and in just a few pages you'll have a quick challenge. Interested in Fibonacci numbers? Turn to Chapter 74 for the same. Peppered throughout with illustrations that clarify many of the problems,Wonders of Numbers also includes fascinating "math gossip." How would we use numbers to communicate with aliens? Check out Chapter 31. What are the five saddest mathematical scandals? You'll find them in Chapter 35. Did you know that there is a Numerical Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? There is, and it's in Chapter 46.
Indeed, each chapter in Wonders of Numbers is a paradox and a mystery. From the beautiful formula of India's most famous mathematician to the Leviathan number so big it makes a trillion look small, Dr. Googol's witty, disarming, and straightforward approach to numbers will entice students, educators, and scientists alike to pick up a pencil and work a problem.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University, 2001
ISBN: 9780195133424
0195133420
Branch Call Number: 793.74 PIC
Characteristics: xx, 396 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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