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Mathematical Curiosities takes the reader on a delightful journey through the fascinating relationships that exist in mathematics. From amazing arithmetic surprises to a gaggle of geometry gems, this book will instill a love and appreciation for the beauty of mathematics in both experienced and casual mathematicians. You are sure to enjoy this foray into the curious and surprising mathematical world that, until now, was only accessible to professional mathematicians and enthusiasts.” 
Daniel Jaye, chief academic officer, Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County

“This book truly presents a most unusual collection of mathematical curiosities that will motivate and interest a broad audience. I was amazed at the plethora of clever relationships that have been exposed by the authors—many of which will be new to most readers—despite the fact that most are relatively elementary. This book, which demonstrates many mind-boggling mathematical relationships, should be attractive to those who already love mathematics, and it should win over those who might be skeptical about their relationship with this subject.”  
Charlotte K. Frank, PhD, senior advisor, Research and Development, McGraw-Hill Education

“It’s a treasure trove, indeed.... There are many reasons to share in this arithmetic potluck with the authors. Did you ever hear anything about the clever way Babylonian peasants solved multiplications of large numbers? This book will tell you and entertain you.”
 —Dr. Gerhard Ackermann, professor and retired president, Beuth University of Applied Sciences, Berlin

“Posamentier and Lehmann are bringing back two neglected arts: the joy of teaching and the joy of learning. Nothing could be more important.”
Harry Phillips III, New York State Board of Regents
 

About the Author

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 Magnificent Mistakes in Mathematics and 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 Magnificent Mistakes in Mathematics and The Glorious Golden Ratio, and four other books.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (August 12, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616149310
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616149314
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Wayne Dworsky on December 16, 2014
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Alfred S. Posamentier and Ingmar Lehmann have done it again! They have compiled their most intriguing collection of curiosities, anecdotes and problems to date. Curiosities represents an inspiration that far exceeds anything you can find in mathematical literature. Mathematical concepts are carved with the skill of a master craftsman, honed to perfection.

From the magic of algebra to the curiosities, to the peculiarities, to perfect numbers, to cyclic number loops, to mean curiosities, to the unusual world of fractions, Mathematical Curiosities has it all, including solutions to the myriad problems captured in this volume.

The authors indulge in their usual wit, clever prose and diagrammatic expertise. In addition, Posamentier and Lehmann have indulged in rather joyful excursions from the ordinary to capture the most invigorating and intense mind-boggling I have ever seen. To those seeking intellectual adventures and dramatic mental gymnastics, you've come to the right pages. Indulge, indulge, indulge.

These two mathematical scholars repeatedly demonstrate an uncanny ability to dig deep under your skin to tantalize even the most obstinate stalwart. You cannot help but to be informed, enlightened and entertained all at the same time and all from one neat book.
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Posamentier writes nice math books. If you are a math teacher or run a math club you are always looking for great 'class starters'. This book will provide you with a wealth of information. This book continues in his tradition of excellent math books for those interested in light reading in math.
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By Nathan Lilly on January 20, 2015
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Great book
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