A Passion for Mathematics

Author: Clifford A. Pickover
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118046074
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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. Readers will encounter mad mathematicians, strange number sequences, obstinate numbers, curious constants, magic squares, fractal geese, monkeys typing Hamlet, infinity, and much, much more. A Passion for Mathematics will feed readers’ fascination while giving them problem-solving skills a great workout!

But Why

Author: Sean Monroe
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 146535042X
Format: PDF, Docs
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Have you ever wondered why we do certain things in mathematics? Why do we count decimal points when multiplying with decimals or why do we ?invert and multiply? when multiplying with fractions? Or, were you frustrated when you asked for a reason why we convert mixed numbers to improper fractions that way, and the teacher simply said, ?That is the way I learned how.?? This book attempts to answer these questions along with dozens more. If you have ever wondered why we do something in mathematics, this is the book for you. Here are a few of the mysteries that are ?unraveled? in this book: What can?t we divide by zero? Why do we move the decimal point when dividing by a decimal? Why is a ?negative times a negative a positive?? Why is any number raised to the zero power equal to zero?

Beauty for Truth s Sake

Author: Stratford Caldecott
Publisher: Brazos Press
ISBN: 1493410601
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Based in the riches of Christian worship and tradition, this brief, eloquently written introduction to Christian thinking and worldview helps readers put back together again faith and reason, truth and beauty, and the fragmented academic disciplines. By reclaiming the classic liberal arts and viewing disciplines such as science and mathematics through a poetic lens, the author explains that unity is present within diversity. Now repackaged with a new foreword by Ken Myers, this book will continue to benefit parents, homeschoolers, lifelong learners, Christian students, and readers interested in the history of ideas.

50 Greatest Mathematicians of the World

Author: Rajesh Thakur
Publisher: Prabhat Prakashan
ISBN: 8184302150
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Mathematics is considered the most dreaded subject. However it is extremely interesting and one should read about it. Had this subject not been interesting then some of the great physicist, doctors, lawyers, poets, story writers, etc., in their later life would not have turned to study it and made great discoveries in the field of mathematics. While mathematics itself may be a form idable subject for many, the lives and accomplishments of history’s greatest mathematicians are fascinating. This book is intended for people interested to know the heroic journey of those great mathematicians who have made important contribution to mathematics, through their ideas, teaching or in other ways. The main emphasis is on their work and achievement in the field of mathematics. I hope this book will serve adual purpose: firstly help students realize mathematics is not to be dreaded but helpful in achieving in other subjects; secondly help those who hate the subject respect it.

Archimedes

Author: Claire O'Neal
Publisher: Mitchell Lane Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 161228499X
Format: PDF
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Archimedes of Syracuse (287 BCE-212 BCE) was so ahead of his time that even now we take many of his discoveries for granted. He calculated properties of circles, spheres, cylinders, and cones, writing equations that we still use today. He calculated [p] and came very close to discovering calculus, nearly beating Sir Isaac Newton by 2,000 years. He discovered why things float or sink. He learned why levers work. This creative genius saw math everywhere, from seashells to the fearsome war machines—like the catapult, missiles, and even a mirrored laser—he made to defend his hometown from the Roman navy. In the mind of this master of thought, math truly held the secrets to the universe.

Secrets of Mental Math

Author: Arthur Benjamin
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
ISBN: 9780307347466
Format: PDF, ePub
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These simple math secrets and tricks will forever change how you look at the world of numbers. Secrets of Mental Math will have you thinking like a math genius in no time. Get ready to amaze your friends—and yourself—with incredible calculations you never thought you could master, as renowned “mathemagician” Arthur Benjamin shares his techniques for lightning-quick calculations and amazing number tricks. This book will teach you to do math in your head faster than you ever thought possible, dramatically improve your memory for numbers, and—maybe for the first time—make mathematics fun. Yes, even you can learn to do seemingly complex equations in your head; all you need to learn are a few tricks. You’ll be able to quickly multiply and divide triple digits, compute with fractions, and determine squares, cubes, and roots without blinking an eye. No matter what your age or current math ability, Secrets of Mental Math will allow you to perform fantastic feats of the mind effortlessly. This is the math they never taught you in school.

Chaos in Wonderland

Author: Clifford A. Pickover
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312127749
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Describing the biology, sociology, and technology of the fictional Latoocarfian civilization of Ganymede, one of Jupiter's moons, this book includes a cornucopia of curiosities--games played on fractal boards, instructions on creating globular star clusters using personal computers, and puzzles to stimulate the imagination.

Wonders of Numbers

Author: Clifford A. Pickover
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195348002
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Who were the five strangest mathematicians in history? What are the ten most interesting numbers? Jam-packed with thought-provoking mathematical mysteries, puzzles, and games, Wonders of Numbers will enchant even the most left-brained of readers. Hosted by the quirky Dr. Googol--who resides on a remote island and occasionally collaborates with Clifford Pickover--Wonders of Numbers focuses on creativity and the delight of discovery. Here is a potpourri of common and unusual number theory problems of varying difficulty--each presented in brief chapters that convey to readers the essence of the problem rather than its extraneous history. Peppered throughout with illustrations that clarify the problems, Wonders of Numbers also includes fascinating "math gossip." How would we use numbers to communicate with aliens? Check out Chapter 30. Did you know that there is a Numerical Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? You'll find it in Chapter 45. From the beautiful formula of India's most famous mathematician to the Leviathan number so big it makes a trillion look small, Dr. Googol's witty and straightforward approach to numbers will entice students, educators, and scientists alike to pick up a pencil and work a problem.

Strange Brains and Genius

Author: Clifford A. Pickover
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0688168949
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Never has the term mad scientist been more fascinatingly explored than in internationally recognized popular science author Clifford Pickover's richly researched wild ride through the bizarre lives of eccentric geniuses. A few highlights: "The Pigeon Man from Manhattan" Legendary inventor Nikola Tesla had abnormally long thumbs, a peculiar love of pigeons, and a horror of women's pearls. "The Worm Man from Devonshire" Forefather of modern electric-circuit design Oliver Heaviside furnished his home with granite blocks and sometimes consumed only milk for days (as did Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison). "The Rabbit-Eater from Lichfield" Renowned scholar Samuel Johnson had so many tics and quirks that some mistook him for an idiot. In fact, his behavior matches modern definitions of obsessive-compulsive disorder and Tourette's syndrome. Pickover also addresses many provocative topics: the link between genius and madness, the role the brain plays in alien abduction and religious experiences, UFOs, cryonics -- even the whereabouts of Einstein's brain!

The Joy of Mathematics

Author: Theoni Pappas
Publisher: Wide World Pub Tetra
ISBN:
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Provides puzzles, games, and illusions that cover the concepts of mathematics.