A Passion for Mathematics: Numbers, Puzzles, Madness, by Clifford A. Pickover PDF

By Clifford A. Pickover

ISBN-10: 0471690988

ISBN-13: 9780471690986

A ardour for Mathematics is an instructional, pleasing journey throughout the curiosities of the mathematics international, mixing an eclectic mixture of background, biography, philosophy, quantity thought, geometry, likelihood, large numbers, and mind-bending difficulties right into a delightfully compelling assortment that's bound to please math buffs, scholars, and skilled mathematicians alike. In each one bankruptcy, Clifford Pickover offers factoids, anecdotes, definitions, quotations, and desirable demanding situations that diversity from enjoyable, quirky puzzles to insanely tricky difficulties. Readers will stumble upon mad mathematicians, unusual quantity sequences, obstinate numbers, curious constants, magic squares, fractal ducks, monkeys typing Hamlet, infinity, and masses, even more. A ardour for Mathematics will feed readers’ fascination whereas giving them problem-solving talents a very good exercise routine!

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His “monad theory” states that the universe consists of an infinite number of substances called monads, each of which has its own individual identity but is an expression of the whole universe from a particular unique viewpoint. Greater-than symbol. The greater-than and less-than symbols (> and <) were introduced by the British mathematician Thomas Harriot in his Artis Analyticae Praxis, published in 1631. Greater-than or equal-to symbol. The symbol ≥ (greater than or equal to) was first introduced by the French scientist Pierre Bouguer in 1734.

Going to the movies. What was the largest number ever used in the title of an Ameri- can movie? Name the movie! ) What is the largest number less than a billion ever used in a major, full-length movie title? ) Math and madness. Many mathematicians were depressed and religious at the same time. Which famous mathematician invented the concept of “transfinite numbers” (essentially, different “levels” of infinity), believed that God revealed mathematical ideas to him, and was a frequent guest of sanitariums?

Our brains did not evolve to help us grasp really large numbers or to look at things in a hundred thousand dimensions” (Ronald Graham, a prior director of Information Sciences Research at AT&T Research, quoted in Paul Hoffman’s “The Man Who Loves Only Numbers,” Atlantic Monthly, 1987). 20 A Passion for Mathematics Mystery mathematician. D. 500, the Greek philosopher Metrodorus gave us the following puzzle that describes the life of a famous mathematician: A certain man’s boyhood lasted 1⁄ 6 of his life; he married after 1⁄ 7 more; his beard grew after 1⁄12 more, and his son was born 5 years later; the son lived to half his father’s final age, and the father died 4 years after the son.

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