Synopses & Reviews
Why was the number of Hardy's taxi significant? Why does Graham's number need its own notation? How many grains of sand would fill the universe? What is the connection between the Golden Ratio and sunflowers?
All these questions and a host more are answered in this fascinating book, which has now been revised, with nearly 200 new entries and hundreds of additions to the original entries. From minus one and its square root -- via cyclic, weird, perfect, untouchable, and lucky numbers; Pascal's triangle and the Syracuse algorithm; music, magic, and maps; pancakes, polyhedrons, and palindromes -- to numbers so large that they boggle the imagination, all you ever wanted to know about numbers is compiled here with a comprehensive index.
A dictionary of numbers (arranged in order of magnitude) which will expose the fascinating facts about certain numbers and number sequences - very large primes, amicable numbers, golden squares, fibonacci sequences. Various recurring non-integer constants and imaginary numbers are covered.
Revised with nearly 200 new entries, this dictionary contains all the information that anyone ever wanted to know about numbers--from minus one and its square root to cyclic, weird, perfect, untouchable and lucky numbers to Pascal's triangle and the Syracuse algorithm to numbers so large they boggle the imagination.
Includes bibliographical references (p. xix-[xx]) and index.