Wonders of Numbers
Adventures in Mathematics, Mind and Meaning
By (author) Clifford A. Pickover
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Wonders of Numbers by Clifford A. Pickover
Book DescriptionWho were the five strangest mathematicians in history? What are the ten most interesting numbers? Jam-packed with thought-provoking mathematical mysteries, puzzles, and games, Wonders of Numbers will enchant even the most left-brained of readers. Hosted by the quirky Dr. Googol-who resides on a remote island 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 its extraneous history. Peppered throughout with illustrations that clarify the problems, Wonders of Numbers also includes fascinating "math gossip." How would we use numbers to communicate with aliens? Check out Chapter 30. Did you know that there is a Numerical Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? You'll find it in Chapter 45. 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 and straightforward approach to numbers will entice students, educators, and scientists alike to pick up a pencil and work a problem.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195157994
(234mm x 155mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 31-Dec-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Clifford A. Pickover
Physics Devotional, Hardback (September 2015)
A compendium featuring a physics quotation and fresh art on every page, along with biographical facts of notable physicists. Suitable as a gift for science and math enthusiasts, it celebrates the beauty and wisdom of physics.
Mathematics Devotional, Hardback (November 2014)
Celebrates the beauty and wisdom of mathematics. This book includes the birthdays of notable mathematicians, so readers can see which ones share theirs.
Fractal 3D Magic, Hardback (September 2014)
Offers a glimpse into the dazzling world of computer-generated fractal art. This book provides background on everything from the classic Mandelbrot set, to the infinitely porous Menger Sponge, to ethereal fractal flames. It features more than 200 intricate designs that are visible in three dimensions thanks to the enclosed 3D glasses.
Math Book, Hardback (April 2014)» View all books by Clifford A. Pickover
A fascinating appreciation of 250 milestones in the history of mathematics, covering topics spanning more than 150 million years.
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Author Biography - Clifford A. Pickover
Clifford A. Pickover received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is the author of over twenty-five highly-acclaimed popular science books. Pickover is a prolific inventor, the associate editor for several journals, and puzzle creator for magazines and his own puzzle calendars. His web site, Pickover.com, has received over 500,000 visits. He lives in Yorktown Heights, New York.
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