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A Passion for Mathematics: Numbers, Puzzles, Madness, Religion, and the Quest for Reality
Contributor(s): Pickover, Clifford A. (Author)

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ISBN: 0471690988     ISBN-13: 9780471690986
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: July 2005
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Annotation: A smorgasbord of math puzzles, factoids, quotations, trivia, formulas, and much more

Are you fascinated by numbers and want to learn more? Does the vast world of math problems that humans have solved--and the ones we have yet to begin to comprehend--give you goose bumps? If so, this is the book for you. A Passion for Mathematics is an educational, entertaining trip through the curiosities of the math world, blending an eclectic mix of history, biography, philosophy, number theory, geometry, probability, huge numbers, and mind-bending problems into a delightfully compelling collection that is sure to please math buffs, students, and experienced mathematicians alike.

In each chapter, Clifford Pickover provides factoids, anecdotes, definitions, quotations, and captivating challenges that range from fun, quirky puzzles to insanely difficult problems. You'll encounter mad mathematicians, strange number sequences, obstinate numbers, curious constants, magic squares, fractal geese, monkeys typing Hamlet, infinity, and much, much more.

If you love all things mathematical, A Passion for Mathematics will feed your fascination while giving your problem-solving skills a great workout!

"Pickover has published nearly a book a year in which he stretches the limits of computers, art, and thought."
--Los Angeles Times

"A perpetual idea machine, Clifford Pickover is one of the most creative, original thinkers in the world today."
--Journal of Recreational Mathematics

Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Mathematics | Study & Teaching
Dewey: 510
LCCN: 2004060622
Physical Information: 1.01" H x 7.24" W x 9.02" (1.32 lbs) 394 pages
 
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Publisher Description:
"A Passion for Mathematics" is an educational, entertaining trip through the curiosities of the math world, blending an eclectic mix of history, biography, philosophy, number theory, geometry, probability, huge numbers, and mind-bending problems into a delightfully compelling collection that is sure to please math buffs, students, and experienced mathematicians alike. In each chapter, Clifford Pickover provides factoids, anecdotes, definitions, quotations, and captivating challenges that range from fun, quirky puzzles to insanely difficult problems. Readers will encounter mad mathematicians, strange number sequences, obstinate numbers, curious constants, magic squares, fractal geese, monkeys typing Hamlet, infinity, and much, much more. "A Passion for Mathematics" will feed readers' fascination while giving them problem-solving skills a great workout

Contributor Bio(s):
CLIFFORD A. PICKOVER received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is a prolific author of books and articles, including Calculus and Pizza: A Cookbook for the Hungry Mind; Black Holes: A Traveler's Guide; and Keys to Infinity, all from Wiley. His Web site, Pickover.com, has received millions of visits.

 
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