Mathematical Mysteries: The Beauty and Magic of Numbers

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Da Capo Press, 1999 - Science - 313 pages
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Why seemingly unrelated mathematical truths are connected in simple and beautiful equations continues to stump even mathematicians. This recreational math book takes the reader on a fantastic voyage into the world of natural numbers. From the earliest discoveries of the ancient Greeks to various fundamental characteristics of the natural number sequence, Clawson explains fascinating mathematical mysteries in clear and easy prose. He delves into the heart of number theory to see and understand the exquisite relationships among natural numbers, and ends by exploring the ultimate mystery of mathematics: the Riemann hypothesis, which says that through a point in a plane, no line can be drawn parallel to a given line.While a professional mathematician’s treatment of number theory involves the most sophisticated analytical tools, its basic ideas are surprisingly easy to comprehend. By concentrating on the meaning behind various equations and proofs and avoiding technical refinements, Mathematical Mysteries lets the common reader catch a glimpse of this wonderful and exotic world.
 

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Review: Mathematical Mysteries: The Beauty and Magic of Numbers

User Review  - Christina Plaut - Goodreads

This book wavered from five stars to three, so I'm settling on four. Good books about math and number theory are so hard to find - this is a pretty good one! Read full review

Review: Mathematical Mysteries: The Beauty and Magic of Numbers

User Review  - Reid Siljestrom - Goodreads

i loved reading this book. great introduction to math's great thinkers. mysterious and thought provoking. Read full review

Contents

DISCOVERY OF THE NUMBER SEQUENCE
9
NUMBERS AND THE OCCULT
40
SEQUENCES AND SERIES
54
THE FAMILY OF NUMBERS
78
STORY FOR A RICH MAN
96
EXOTIC CONNECTIONS
117
CLOSING IN ON THE PRIMES
146
PRIMES IN DEPTH
165
THE REMARKABLE RAMANUJAN
202
RAMANUJANS EQUATIONS
217
GOLDBACHS CONJECTURE
237
DEEPEST MYSTERIES
259
INTO THE STRATOSPHERE
280
END NOTES
298
SUGGESTED READING
306
INDEX
310

PRIMES AND SECRET CODES
185

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About the author (1999)

Calvin C. Clawson is the author of The Mathematical Traveler and Conquering Math Phobia. He has published over two dozen short stories, and won an award from the National Writers Association for his novel The White Badger. A teacher of mathematics at Seattle Community College, he lives south of Issaquah, Washington.

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