Biscuits of Number Theory

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Arthur T. Benjamin, Ezra Brown
MAA, Mar 19, 2009 - Mathematics - 311 pages
In Biscuits of Number Theory, the editors have chosen articles that are exceptionally well-written and that can be appreciated by anyone who has taken (or is taking) a first course in number theory. This book could be used as a textbook supplement for a number theory course, especially one that requires students to write papers or do outside reading. The editors give examples of some of the possibilities.

The collection is divided into seven chapters: Arithmetic, Primes, Irrationality, Sums of Squares and Polygonal Numbers, Fibonacci Numbers, Number Theoretic Functions, and Elliptic Curves, Cubes and Fermat's Last Theorem. As with any anthology, you don't have to read the Biscuits in order. Dip into them anywhere: pick something from the Table of Contents that strikes your fancy, and have at it. If the end of an article leaves you wondering what happens next, then by all means dive in and do some research. You just might discover something new!
 

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Contents

I
1
II
3
III
13
IV
17
V
23
VI
39
VII
53
VIII
59
XXVI
143
XXVII
145
XXVIII
147
XXIX
149
XXX
153
XXXI
155
XXXII
157
XXXIII
167

IX
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X
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XI
65
XII
67
XIII
69
XIV
77
XV
85
XVI
105
XVII
107
XVIII
109
XIX
111
XX
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XXI
115
XXII
121
XXIII
129
XXIV
133
XXV
141
XXXIV
183
XXXV
195
XXXVI
199
XXXVII
217
XXXVIII
223
XXXIX
225
XL
233
XLI
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XLII
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XLIII
257
XLIV
259
XLV
269
XLVI
273
XLVII
285
XLVIII
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About the author (2009)

Arthur Benjamin earned his B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon and his Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences from Johns Hopkins. Since 1989, he has taught at Harvey Mudd College, where he is Professor of Mathematics and past Chair. In 2000, he received the Haimo Award for Distinguished Teaching from the Mathematical Association of America. Since 2006 he has served as the MAA's Polya Lecturer. He has been featured in numerous magazines, television and radio programmes.

Ezra Brown grew up in New Orleans and has degrees from Rice University and Louisiana State University. Since 1969 he has been in the Mathematics Department at Virginia Tech, where he is currently Alumni Distinguished Professor. He is the author of some sixty papers, mostly in number theory and discrete mathematics. He received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the MD/DC/VA Section of the MAA, and he currently serves as that section's governor. He received the Carl Allendoerfer Award (2003) and three George Polya Awards (2000, 2001, 2006) from the MAA for expository writing.

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