Synopses & Reviews
What makes a number weird, and why, as far as anyone can tell, arent weird numbers odd? What do monsters, moonshine, and 24-dimensional oranges have in common? Why couldnt Sam Loyd get a patent for his famous fifteen puzzle? What is the significance of the statement "the smallest number not nameable in under ten words"? Can one infinity be larger than another?
If you are fascinated by the weird, the odd, the curious, and the just plain puzzling, its no wonder that youre drawn to mathematics. And, if you cant resist the urge to indulge these fascinationsand discover plenty of new ones while youre at itwelcome to The Universal Book of Mathematics.
This unique, one-stop, A-to-Z resource is packed with more than 1,800 entries that cover everything from nuts-and-bolts math to the most arcane unsolved theorems, from profiles of notable mathematicians to intriguing puzzles, challenging games, and even math humor.
The noted astronomer and celebrated author David Darling has always been inspired by the impact of mathematics on the imagination. He has, therefore, taken this opportunity to expound on every significant number, shape, ratio, dimension, theorem, conjecture, set, and paradox in the mathematical universe. And he provides more in-depth information than the entire current crop of math dictionaries combined!
Youll find stimulating discussions on the search for a fourth dimension and its impact on such authors as H. G. Wells and Edwin Abbott; the reality of imaginary numbers; parallel universes; and patterns in the heart of chaos. Youll also discover the number that infects the whole of mathematics and places fundamental limits on what we can know; the "cloud" that surrounds every real number; and how to marry a sultans daughter.
The Universal Book of Mathematics is fully cross-referenced and brimming with all of the history, science, and numerical magic you need to make sense of everything from nothing to an infinite number of infinities. Whether youre an amateur mathematician, a recreational math buff, or a dedicated student of numbers, this is the helpful resource, the entertaining pastime, and the indispensable reference youve been waiting for.
Synopsis
A walk through historys most mind-boggling puzzles Ever since the Sphinx asked his legendary riddle of Oedipus, riddles, conundrums, and puzzles of all sizes have kept humankind perplexed and amused. The Liar Paradox and the Towers of Hanoi takes die-hard puzzle mavens on a tour of the worlds most enduringly intriguing braintwisters, from Kö nigsbergs Bridges and the Hanoi Towers to Fibonaccis Rabbits, the Four Color Problem, and the Magic Square. Each chapter introduces basic puzzle, discusses the mathematics behind it, and includes exercises and answers plus additional puzzles similar to the one under discussion. Here is a veritable kaleidoscope of puzzling labyrinths, maps, bridges, and optical illusions that will keep aficionados entertained for hours. Marcel Danesi (Etobicoke, ON, Canada) is the author of Increase Your Puzzle IQ
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Praise for David Darling
The Universal Book of Astronomy
""A first-rate resource for readers and students of popular astronomy and general science. . . . Highly recommended.""
-Library Journal
""A comprehensive survey and . . . a rare treat.""
-Focus
The Complete Book of Spaceflight
""Darling's content and presentation will have any reader moving from entry to entry.""
-The Observatory magazine
Life Everywhere
""This remarkable book exemplifies the best of today's popular science writing: it is lucid, informative, and thoroughly enjoyable.""
-Science Books and Films
""An enthralling introduction to the new science of astrobiology.""
-Lynn Margulis
Equations of Eternity
""One of the clearest and most eloquent expositions of the quantum conundrum and its philosophical and metaphysical implications that I have read recently.""
-The New York Times
Deep Time
""A wonderful book. The perfect overview of the universe.""
-Larry Niven
Synopsis
Praise for David Darling
The Universal Book of Astronomy
"A first-rate resource for readers and students of popular astronomy and general science. . . . Highly recommended."
-Library Journal
"A comprehensive survey and . . . a rare treat."
-Focus
The Complete Book of Spaceflight
"Darling's content and presentation will have any reader moving from entry to entry."
-The Observatory magazine
Life Everywhere
"This remarkable book exemplifies the best of today's popular science writing: it is lucid, informative, and thoroughly enjoyable."
-Science Books & Films
"An enthralling introduction to the new science of astrobiology."
-Lynn Margulis
Equations of Eternity
"One of the clearest and most eloquent expositions of the quantum conundrum and its philosophical and metaphysical implications that I have read recently."
-The New York Times
Deep Time
"A wonderful book. The perfect overview of the universe."
-Larry Niven
About the Author
DAVID DARLING, Ph.D., received his doctorate in astronomy from the University of Manchester, England. He is the author of The Universal Book of Astronomy (Wiley), The Complete Book of Spaceflight (Wiley), The Extraterrestrial Encyclopedia, Deep Time, Equations of Eternity (a New York Times Notable Book), Soul Search, and Zen Physics.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments.
Introduction.
Mathematics Entries A to Z.
References.
Solutions to Puzzles.
Category Index.