Buy New
  • List Price: $43.95
  • Save: $9.16 (21%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Magic Numbers of the Professor (Spectrum) Hardcover – January 4, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0883855577 ISBN-10: 0883855577 Edition: 1st

Buy New
Price: $34.79
10 New from $25.91 10 Used from $7.90
Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"
$25.91 $7.90



Save up to 90% on Textbooks
Rent textbooks, buy textbooks, or get up to 80% back when you sell us your books. Shop Now

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Mathematical Association of America; 1 edition (January 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883855577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883855577
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,293,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Owen O Shea, more than anyone, has the uncanny ability to find remarkable coincidences everywhere he looks. How he does it is a mystery. Some (not all!) of his astounding discoveries are packed into this entertaining mind bewildering book --author, Martin Gardner

From the Number of the Beast and triangular numbers to Friedman numbers and pandigital squares, this smorgasbord of mathematical puzzles, curiosities and coincidences is sure to delight readers of all level of mathematical sophistication --author, Clifford A. Pickover

Book Description

As Owen O'Shea and the imaginary American Professor, Richard Stein, travel through Ireland, O'Shea notes the Professor's collection of amazing magic numbers in fascinating detail. The curiosities are wide ranging from coincidences about Apollo 11 and the first moon walk to proposition bets involving dice, darts, and playing cards.

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
If you are a fan of number coincidences, or believe in any form of numerology then this is a book to drool over. It consists of page after page of relationships between numbers and events. Owen O'Shea has an amazing ability to identify curious combinations of numbers. To give you some idea of the unusual relationships that he is discovered, here is a list of the chapter titles:

*) Digit curiosities
*) The 9/11 atrocities
*) The professor speaks on the U. S. and Ireland
*) Curiosities in armed conflicts
*) Number and word palindromes
*) The U. S. - Iraq war
*) The number of the beast
*) Curios of the Lusitania and other curious matters
*) Wordplay and other curiosities
*) New coincidences on Lincoln and Kennedy
*) Dart and card curiosities
*) The professor gives some number patterns
*) The King James Bible and some currency conversions
*) The professor at the university

I was amazed at some of the coincidences, wondering how O'Shea managed to find them. It appears that he has a very accurate sense for these relationships, as some are quite obscure. When reading the book, there were few, "Now, why didn't I think of that?" moments. However, there were many times when my thought was, "I would have never thought of that."

Published in Journal of Recreational Mathematics, reprinted with permission.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?