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"This book's strength is that it is exactly what it purports to be-a casual stroll through sometimes complicated mathematical relationships without the heavy lifting of having to understand unfamiliar mathematical notations or ideas. . . . This book is a nice little treasure that a teacher could use to introduce a lesson on currency, recursion, or many other varied mathematical topics. The best thing it does is invoke feelings of wonderment."

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Alfred S. Posamentier is dean of the School of Education and professor of mathematics education at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Previously, he had the same positions at the City College of the City University of New York for forty years.  He has published over fifty-five books in the area of mathematics and mathematics education, including The Fabulous Fibonacci Numbers (with Ingmar Lehmann). 
 
Ingmar Lehmann is retired from the mathematics faculty at Humboldt University in Berlin. For many years he led the Berlin Mathematics Student Society for gifted secondary-school students, with which he is still closely engaged today.  He is the coauthor with Alfred S. Posamentier of The Secrets of TrianglesThe Glorious Golden Ratio, and three other books.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (July 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591027233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591027232
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #954,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alfred S. Posamentier (River Vale, NJ) is the dean of the School of Education and professor of mathematics education at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY. He was formerly the dean of the School of Education and professor of mathematics education at the City College of New York. He has published over forty-five books in the area of mathematics and mathematics education, including The Pythagorean Theorem: The Story of Its Power and Beauty; Math Charmers: Tantalizing Tidbits for the Mind; and (with Ingmar Lehmann) Mathematical Amazements and Surprises; The Fabulous Fibonacci Numbers; and Pi: A Biography of the World's Most Mysterious Number.

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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Claudia Etheridge on August 31, 2009
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"Philosophy is written in this greatest book constantly open before our eyes.......... It is written in the language of mathematics and the characters are triangles, circles and other geometric figures........." wrote Galileo. With "Mathematical Amazements and Surprises" (their latest work), the authors may not decipher such language for the reader, nor translate it into English , but they certainly prove that the language of mathematics does exist.
The book consists of 5 chapters which are titled: "Number Properties and Relationships" "Arithmetic Entertainments and Novelties", "Arithmetic Loops", "Geometry Surprises" and "Mathematical Nuggets: Amazing, but True!". The chapters are followed by an afterward by Nobel Laureate H.A. Hauptman. It also includes an appendix that lists "Triangular, Square and Cubic Numbers".
Particularly interesting to me was the chapter on arithmetic loops. By following certain paths and by making the necessary calculations, we end up into loops the validity of which the most skeptical mind will not be able to deny.
Anybody who believes that there is more to our universe than what the five senses (or even the average mind) can recognize, will enjoy the subjects discussed.
A beautiful piece of work . It is not often that a book delivers so convincingly the promise in the title.
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For the nit-picking, this is another book by Alfred S. Posamentier and Ingmar Lehmann, authors of "The (Fabulous) Fibonacci Numbers". Such book was criticized by some of the Amazon.com reviewers for containing inaccuracies. I do not know if this one also does, as I am not a mathematician and did not linger on the detail. But, whether or not there are inaccuracies here as well, the message is what matters most, just like it was the case for the previous work. Such message is conveyed in as clear a manner as can be done.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Larry Underwood on October 2, 2009
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Authors Posamentier & Lehmann have compiled an entertaining & engaging book sure to amaze anyone about the crazy nuances in the study of mathematics. Even if math isn't your strong suit, you'll enjoy this wonderful guide; in fact, it's probably more enjoyable for the mathematically challenged individual (such as me), because it demonstrates how fun numbers can be, if we just give them the chance.

I loved it. For anyone looking to expand their knowledge on the often perplexing world of mathematics, pick up this gem; you'll feel much more comfortable with a once intimidating subject, and realize that it's not all that hard to have fun with those mind boggling numerical equations.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 16, 2009
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Any library strong in math and science will find Mathematical Amazements and Surprises: Fascinating Figures and Noteworthy Numbers delightful and stimulating. It provides fun math insights, highlighting the beauty and significance of numbers, and offering both novices and professionals arithmetic entertainment at its best. Many a high school to college-level library will find a winner here - but general-interest lending libraries will also find it a fun, different pick.
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By david conway on January 14, 2015
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good math book
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