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