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Wonders of Numbers Adventures in Mathematics, Mind, and Meaning

ISBN-10: 0195157990

ISBN-13: 9780195157994

Edition: N/A

Authors: Clifford A. Pickover

List price: $24.99
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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.
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Book details

List price: $24.99
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/16/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232

Fun Puzzles and Quick Thoughts
Attack of the Amateurs
Why Don't We Use Roman Numerals Anymore?
In a Casino
The Ultimate Bible Code
How Much Blood?
Where Are the Ants?
Spidery Math
Lost in Hyperspace
Along Came a Spider
Numbers beyond Imagination
Cupid's Arrow
Poseidon Arrays
Scales of Justice
Mystery Squares
Jerusalem Overdrive
The Pipes of Papua
The Fractal Society
The Triangle Cycle
Klingon Paths
Ouroboros Autophagy
Interview with a Number
The Dream-Worms of Atlantis
Satanic Cycles
Hallucinogenic Highways
Quirky Questions, Lists, and Surveys
Why Was the First Woman Mathematician Murdered?
What If We Receive Messages from the Stars?
A Ranking of the 5 Strangest Mathematicians Who Ever Lived
Einstein, Ramanujan, Hawking
A Ranking of the 8 Most Influential Female Mathematicians
A Ranking of the 5 Saddest Mathematical Scandals
The 10 Most Important Unsolved Mathematical Problems
A Ranking of the 10 Most Influential Mathematicians Who Ever Lived
What Is Godel's Mathematical Proof of the Existence of God?
A Ranking of the 10 Most Influential Mathematicians Alive Today
A Ranking of the 10 Most Interesting Numbers
The Unabomber's 10 Most Mathematical Technical Papers
The 10 Mathematical Formulas That Changed the Face of the World
The 10 Most Difficult-to-Understand Areas of Mathematics
The 10 Strangest Mathematical Titles Ever Published
The 15 Most Famous Transcendental Numbers
What Is Numerical Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
Who Is the Number King?
What 1 Question Would You Add?
Cube Maze
Fiendishly Difficult Digital Delights
Hailstone Numbers
The Spring of Khosrow Carpet
The Omega Prism
The Incredible Hunt for Double Smoothly Undulating Integers
Alien Snow: A Tour of Checkerboard Worlds
Beauty, Symmetry, and Pascal's Triangle
Audioactive Decay
Dr. Googol's Prime Plaid
Emordnilap Numbers
The Dudley Triangle
Mozart Numbers
Hyperspace Prisons
Triangular Numbers
Hexagonal Cats
The X-Files Number
A Low-Calorie Treat
The Hunt for Elusive Squarions
Katydid Sequences
Pentagonal Pie
An A?
Humble Bits
Mr. Fibonacci's Neighborhood
Apocalyptic Numbers
The Wonderful Emirp, 1,597
The Big Brain of Brahmagupta
1,001 Scheherazades
[characters not reproducible]-Numbers from Los Alamos
Creator Numbers [characters not reproducible]
Princeton Numbers
Parasite Numbers
Madonna's Number Sequence
Apocalyptic Powers
The Leviathan Number [characters not reproducible]
The Safford Number: 365,365,365,365,365,365
The Aliens from Independence Day
One Decillion Cheerios
Undulation in Monaco
The Latest Gossip on Narcissistic Numbers
The abcdefghij Problem
Grenade Stacking
The 450-Pound Problem
The Hunt for Primes in Pi
Schizophrenic Numbers
Perfect, Amicable, and Sublime Numbers
Prime Cycles and [characters not reproducible]
Cards, Frogs, and Fractal Sequences
Fractal Checkers
Doughnut Loops
Everything You Wanted to Know about Triangles but Were Afraid to Ask
Cavern Genesis as a Self-Organizing System
Magic Squares, Tesseracts, and Other Oddities
Faberge Eggs Synthesis
Beauty and Gaussian Rational Numbers
A Brief History of Smith Numbers
Alien Ice Cream
The Peruvian Collection
The Huascaran Box
The Intergalactic Zoo
The Lobsterman from Lima
The Incan Tablets
Chinchilla Overdrive
Peruvian Laser Battle
The Emerald Gambit
Wise Viracocha
Andromeda Incident
Yin or Yang
A Knotty Challenge at Tacna
An Incident at Chavin de Huantar
An Odd Symmetry
The Monolith at Madre de Dios
Amazon Dissection
3 Weird Problems with 3
Zen Archery
Treadmills and Gears
Anchovy Marriage Test
Further Exploring
Further Reading
About the Author