- Paperback: 394 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (July 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471690988
- ISBN-13: 978-0471690986
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #701,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
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The passion may also refer to Pickover's infatuation with the riddles of mathematics. He deals with classic problems such as that of the Bridges of Konigsberg or the always popular secrets of magic squares. Some of the mathematical investigations are a little further off the beaten track. For example, what is the most forgettable license plate? A friend of Pickover, a physicist, actually has a plate with the string of letters "syzygys." (See "customer image") Is this impossible to remember? Most people may say yes. However, it is easy to recall if you are a solar eclipse devotee or a fan of the musical group of that name. Pickover concludes that the string with the highest entropy (the most disorder) is the most forgettable, e.g., the binary string 11010010.
This is an excellent book for those who would like to share the passion for mathematics of Ramujan and Pickover.
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