The Man who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1993 - Games & Activities - 244 pages
Malba Tahan is the creation of a celebrated Brazilian mathematician who was looking for a way to bring some of the mysteries and delights of mathematics to a wider public. He turned out to be a born storyteller.

The adventures of Beremiz Samir, The Man Who Counted, take the reader on an exotic journey in which, time and again, he summons his extraordinary mathematical powers to settle disputes, give wise advice, overcome dangerous enemies, and win for himself fame and fortune. as we accompany him, we learn much of the history of famous mathematicisns who preceded him; we undergo a series of trials at the hands of the wise men of the day; and we come to admire the warm wisdom and patience that earn him the respect and affection of those whose problems he resolves so astutely. In the grace of their telling, these stories hold unusual delights for the reader.
 

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Something of an oddity: Tahan, a Brazilian mathematician, casts a series of mathematical puzzles into the form of a continuous narrative describing the adventures of a 13th-century Persian ... Read full review

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Puzzle books can be tedious (unless you like that sort of thing), but not this one. First published in Brazil in 1949 by the mathematician Julio de Melo e Sousa (Tahan is the imaginary Arab author he ... Read full review

Contents

A meeting of the minds
3
Someone to count
7
Beasts of burden
11
Food for thought
14
In so many words
21
Trial by numbers
29
Going to market
37
Seventh heaven
51
In the stars
55
Bird in the hand
63
For good measure
71
Circular reasoning
78
Friendship knows no bounds
85
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Poet and translator Alastair Reid lives in New York City.

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