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If we actually received messages from the stars, what would we do with them? Who were the five strangest mathematicians in history? What are the ten most interesting numbers? Who is the Number King? Jam-packed with thought-provoking mathematical mysteries, puzzles, and games--as well as the answers to all of the above questions--Wonders of Numbers will enchant even the most left-brained of readers.

Hosted by the quirky Dr. Googol--who resides on an island in Sri Lanka and occasionally collaborates with Clifford Pickover--Wonders of Numbers focuses on creativity and the delight of discovery. Here is a potpourri of common and unusual number theory problems of varying difficulty--each presented in brief chapters that convey to readers the essence of the problem rather than the extraneous, convoluted history of it. Want to know about undulating numbers? Turn to Chapter 53 and in just a few pages you'll have a quick challenge. Interested in Fibonacci numbers? Turn to Chapter 74 for the same. Peppered throughout with illustrations that clarify many of the problems, Wonders of Numbers also includes fascinating "math gossip." How would we use numbers to communicate with aliens? Check out Chapter 31. What are the five saddest mathematical scandals? You'll find them in Chapter 35. Did you know that there is a Numerical Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? There is, and it's in Chapter 46.

Indeed, each chapter in Wonders of Numbers is a paradox and a mystery. From the beautiful formula of India's most famous mathematician to the Leviathan number so big it makes a trillion look small, Dr. Googol's witty, disarming, and straightforward approach to numbers will entice students, educators, and scientists alike to pick up a pencil and work a problem.

Book News Annotation:

First published in 2001, this lighthearted look at math theory contains 125 extremely brief chapters outlining problems of varying difficulty. The book focuses on the creative aspects of mathematical thinking, the delight and wonder of discovery, and the entertaining highlights of the discipline's history. Pickover is an inventor and puzzle creator, as well as an author.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Who were the five strangest mathematicians in history? What are the ten most interesting numbers? Jam-packed with thought-provoking mathematical mysteries, puzzles, and games, Wonders of Numbers will enchant even the most left-brained of readers.

Hosted by the quirky Dr. Googol--who resides on a remote island and occasionally collaborates with Clifford Pickover--Wonders of Numbers focuses on creativity and the delight of discovery. Here is a potpourri of common and unusual number theory problems of varying difficulty--each presented in brief chapters that convey to readers the essence of the problem rather than its extraneous history. Peppered throughout with illustrations that clarify the problems, Wonders of Numbers also includes fascinating "math gossip." How would we use numbers to communicate with aliens? Check out Chapter 30. Did you know that there is a Numerical Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? You'll find it in Chapter 45.

From the beautiful formula of India's most famous mathematician to the Leviathan number so big it makes a trillion look small, Dr. Googol's witty and straightforward approach to numbers will entice students, educators, and scientists alike to pick up a pencil and work a problem.

Synopsis:

Thought-provoking mathematical mysteries, puzzles, games, and number theory problems of varying degrees of difficulty jam-pack the pages of this book, peppered throughout with illustrations that clarify many of the problems. 10 halftones. 191 line illustrations.

About the Author

Clifford A. Pickover received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is the author of over twenty-five highly-acclaimed popular science books. Pickover is a prolific inventor, the associate editor for several journals, and puzzle creator for magazines and his own puzzle calendars. His web site, Pickover.com, has received over 500,000 visits. He lives in Yorktown Heights, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195157994
Author:
Pickover, Clifford A.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Pickover, Clifford A.
Author:
null, Clifford A.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mathematics
Subject:
Number Theory
Subject:
Recreations & Games
Subject:
Mathematical recreations
Subject:
General Mathematics
Subject:
Mathematics-Games and Puzzles
Copyright:
Edition Description:
hardcover
Publication Date:
20030131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
131 halftones and line illus.
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.72x6.72x1.10 in. 1.26 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Who were the five strangest mathematicians in history? What are the ten most interesting numbers? Jam-packed with thought-provoking mathematical mysteries, puzzles, and games, Wonders of Numbers will enchant even the most left-brained of readers.

Hosted by the quirky Dr. Googol--who resides on a remote island and occasionally collaborates with Clifford Pickover--Wonders of Numbers focuses on creativity and the delight of discovery. Here is a potpourri of common and unusual number theory problems of varying difficulty--each presented in brief chapters that convey to readers the essence of the problem rather than its extraneous history. Peppered throughout with illustrations that clarify the problems, Wonders of Numbers also includes fascinating "math gossip." How would we use numbers to communicate with aliens? Check out Chapter 30. Did you know that there is a Numerical Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? You'll find it in Chapter 45.

From the beautiful formula of India's most famous mathematician to the Leviathan number so big it makes a trillion look small, Dr. Googol's witty and straightforward approach to numbers will entice students, educators, and scientists alike to pick up a pencil and work a problem.

"Synopsis" by , Thought-provoking mathematical mysteries, puzzles, games, and number theory problems of varying degrees of difficulty jam-pack the pages of this book, peppered throughout with illustrations that clarify many of the problems. 10 halftones. 191 line illustrations.

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