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

Someone to count on
6
Going to market
37
In the stars
55
Bird in the hand
61
An eternal truth
93
5 Squared away
100
The game plan
107
Of apples and ants 8
121
All is relative
173
Eureka
181
The questions commence
189
One for the book
195
History in the making
199
False hopes
202
Singlehanded success
211
Three of a kind
213

A perilous pearl
129
Sailors choice
141
The power often
148
1 The writing on the wall
158
Half and half
167
In black and white
223
A balancing act
229
Eye to eye
235
Of life and love
243
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Poet and translator Alastair Reid lives in New York City.

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