A Passion for Mathematics: Numbers, Puzzles, Madness, by Clifford A. Pickover

By Clifford A. Pickover

A ardour for Mathematics is an instructional, unique journey in the course of the curiosities of the mathematics international, mixing an eclectic mixture of heritage, biography, philosophy, quantity conception, geometry, likelihood, large numbers, and mind-bending difficulties right into a delightfully compelling assortment that's guaranteed to please math buffs, scholars, and skilled mathematicians alike. In each one bankruptcy, Clifford Pickover offers factoids, anecdotes, definitions, quotations, and desirable demanding situations that variety from enjoyable, quirky puzzles to insanely tough difficulties. Readers will come across mad mathematicians, unusual quantity sequences, obstinate numbers, curious constants, magic squares, fractal ducks, monkeys typing Hamlet, infinity, and lots more and plenty, even more. A ardour for Mathematics will feed readers’ fascination whereas giving them problem-solving talents an exceptional work out!

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Science and religion. “A contemporary has said, not unjustly, that in this materialistic age of ours the serious scientific workers are the only profoundly religious people” (Albert Einstein, New York Times Magazine, 1930). Mathematics and money. What effect would doubling the salary of every mathematics teacher have on education and the world at large? ) A famous female mathematician. Sophie Germain (1776–1831) made major contributions to number theory, acoustics, and elasticity. At age thirteen, Sophie read an account of the death of Archimedes at the hands of a Roman soldier.

Sadly, her parents felt that her interest in mathematics was inappropriate, so at night she secretly studied the works of Isaac Newton and the mathematician Leonhard Euler. Numbers, History, Society, and People 27 Mad mom tortures mathematician daughter. What brilliant, famous, and beautiful woman mathematician died in incredible pain because her mother withdrew all pain medication? (Hint: The woman is recognized for her contributions to computer programming. ) Mathematics and relationships. “‘No one really understood music unless he was a scientist,’ her father had declared, and not just a scientist, either, oh, no, only the real ones, the theoreticians, whose language is mathematics.

The wonderful Pascaline was about the size of a shoebox. About fifty models were made. The Matrix. What number is on Agent Smith’s license plate in the movie The Matrix Reloaded? Why? ) At the movies. What famous book and movie title contains a number that is greater than 18,000 and less then 38,000? ) The mathematical life. “The mathematician lives long and lives young; the wings of the soul do not early drop off, nor do its 36 A Passion for Mathematics pores become clogged with the earthly particles blown from the dusty highways of vulgar life” (James Joseph Sylvester, 1814–1897, a professor of mathematics at Johns Hopkins University, 1869 address to the British Mathematical Association).

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