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

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

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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)

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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

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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.

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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.
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