The Universal Book of Mathematics: From Abracadabra to Zeno's Paradoxes Hardcover – Illustrated, August 1, 2004
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Entries are alphabetized and thoroughly cross-referenced. Some are as brief as a single sentence (for example, Congruent, Nonagon), while others are a page or more (Maze, Pi). The writing is accessible and provides enough information to assist the reader in understanding the term being described. An impressive list of references used to compile the entries is included at the end of the volume, along with the solutions to the mathematical puzzles referred to in the text. This resource would be appropriate for high-school, public, and academic libraries and could be considered a basic tool in this subject. Kathryn O'Gorman
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If you are fascinated by the weird, the odd, the curious, and the just plain puzzling, its no wonder that youre drawn to mathematics. And, if you cant resist the urge to indulge these fascinationsand discover plenty of new ones while youre at itwelcome to The Universal Book of Mathematics.
This unique, one-stop, A-to-Z resource is packed with more than 1,800 entries that cover everything from nuts-and-bolts math to the most arcane unsolved theorems, from profiles of notable mathematicians to intriguing puzzles, challenging games, and even math humor.
The noted astronomer and celebrated author David Darling has always been inspired by the impact of mathematics on the imagination. He has, therefore, taken this opportunity to expound on every significant number, shape, ratio, dimension, theorem, conjecture, set, and paradox in the mathematical universe. And he provides more in-depth information than the entire current crop of math dictionaries combined!
Youll find stimulating discussions on the search for a fourth dimension and its impact on such authors as H. G. Wells and Edwin Abbott; the reality of imaginary numbers; parallel universes; and patterns in the heart of chaos. Youll also discover the number that infects the whole of mathematics and places fundamental limits on what we can know; the "cloud" that surrounds every real number; and how to marry a sultans daughter.
The Universal Book of Mathematics is fully cross-referenced and brimming with all of the history, science, and numerical magic you need to make sense of everything from nothing to an infinite number of infinities. Whether youre an amateur mathematician, a recreational math buff, or a dedicated student of numbers, this is the helpful resource, the entertaining pastime, and the indispensable reference youve been waiting for.
- Item Weight : 1.93 pounds
- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0471270474
- ISBN-13 : 978-0471270478
- Dimensions : 7.7 x 1.05 x 9.66 inches
- Publisher : Wiley; 1st edition (August 1, 2004)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #950,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In addition to the hundreds of 'pure' mathematical references, he also includes many entries that are fun for everyone. These entries include puzzles, games and tricks.
I enjoyed the background and historical information included in the biographies of the many mathematicians covered. Historical information about concepts and values, e.g. pi, is also included, such as the time Indiana almost voted to round pi off to 3.2!
This book would be an excellent library builder. It is hard to read straight through - I tried it and failed - but as reference and reading here and there it is great. It is good enough that I want to find his other references and check them out as well.