# Mathematical Mysteries: The Beauty and Magic of Numbers

Da Capo Press, 1999 - Science - 313 pages
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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Best book on math I ever read. There are such intuitive concepts set forth in the beginning I had to wonder why I was not taught these things in kindergarten. (keep in mind I'm referring to the first couple chapters). It's a great book. I read it in 2001 and its been 10 years now and I'd like to read it again. I highly recommend it.

### 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