A Passion for Mathematics: Numbers, Puzzles, Madness, Religion, and the Quest for Reality

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 25, 2011 - Mathematics - 408 pages
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A Passion for Mathematics is an educational, entertaining trip through the curiosities of the math world, blending an eclectic mix of history, biography, philosophy, number theory, geometry, probability, huge numbers, and mind-bending problems into a delightfully compelling collection that is sure to please math buffs, students, and experienced mathematicians alike. In each chapter, Clifford Pickover provides factoids, anecdotes, definitions, quotations, and captivating challenges that range from fun, quirky puzzles to insanely difficult problems. Readers will encounter mad mathematicians, strange number sequences, obstinate numbers, curious constants, magic squares, fractal geese, monkeys typing Hamlet, infinity, and much, much more. A Passion for Mathematics will feed readers’ fascination while giving them problem-solving skills a great workout!
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 Numbers History Society and People
11
Chapter 2 Cool Numbers
45
Chapter 3 Algebra Percentages Weird Puzzles and Marvelous Mathematical Manipulations
111
Chapter 4 Geometry Games and Beyond
135
Chapter 5 Probability Take Your Chances
209
Chapter 6 Big Numbers and Infinity
233
Chapter 7 Mathematics and Beauty
251
Answers
267
References
383
Index
386
About the About the Author
393
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CLIFFORD A. PICKOVER received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is a prolific author of books and articles, including Calculus and Pizza: A Cookbook for the Hungry Mind; Black Holes: A Traveler's Guide; and Keys to Infinity, all from Wiley. His Web site, Pickover.com, has received millions of visits.

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