## Mathematical CranksA delightful collection of articles about people who claim they have achieved the mathematically impossible (squaring the circle, duplicating the cube); people who think they have done something they have not (proving Fermat's Last Theorem); people who pray in matrices; people who find the American Revolution ruled by the number 57; people who have in common eccentric mathematical views, some mild (thinking we should count by 12s instead of 10s), some bizarre (thinking that second-order differential equations will solve all problems of economics, politics and philosophy). This is a truly unique book. It is written with wit and style and is a part of folk mathematics. |

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### Contents

Applied Mathematics | 9 |

Bitterness Cranks | 32 |

Congressional Record Mathematics in the | 46 |

Crank The Making of a | 67 |

Duplication of the Cube | 86 |

Equations Solving | 102 |

Fermats Little Theorem | 135 |

FourColor Theorem The | 159 |

Mail Crank | 205 |

Money to be Made in Mathematics Lack of | 223 |

Number Theory The Lure of | 239 |

Primes The Secret of the | 254 |

Puzzle A | 269 |

Set Theory | 322 |

Taxonomy Mathematical | 337 |

Notes | 353 |

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