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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
Warning for those who did not read the title carefully:
A Passion for Mathematics: Numbers , Puzzles, Madness, Religion and the Quest for Reality
The book contains... Read more
The book is great in content but is based on a series of questions and answers. Since the answers are in back and questions are throughout, it is somewhat clumberson to read on... Read morePublished 23 months ago by J. McCulloch
great math book
easy read with lots of interesting facts and stories
highly recommended for the math lover
one of the best light reading math books i have purchased
Let me elaborate the title of my review with an example directly out of his book (the exponent might be different in the book):
Pickover claims that n=10 is the only... Read more
This fascinating, delightful and informative book is perfect for all those times and places when you've only got a few minutes to read. Read morePublished on July 28, 2012 by Judy Cuddihee
I just wanted to say that this book is great, from beginning to end. Definitely earned all five stars in my estimation.Published on August 4, 2011 by P. Wood
Loved the stories behind the mathematician's lives. Very easy to read for anyone interested in math.Published on July 29, 2010 by Craig G
Keep your math students excited! This book offers fascinating facts and great puzzles - super for end-of-year awards, and fun in the classroom.Published on May 21, 2010 by Beth Hart
The book's title is "A Passion for Mathematics: Numbers, Puzzles, Madness, Religion, and the Quest for Reality" is very accurate. Read morePublished on August 1, 2007 by Veet Vivarto