Wonders of Numbers: Adventures in Mathematics, Mind, and Meaning
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Wonders of Numbers: Adventures in Mathematics, Mind, and Meaning

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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...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 16th 2003 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2000)
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This book is pretty good. The only bad thing about Pickover is he reuses a lot of the same material from book to book. But this one has some interesting number tid bits and puzzles. If you like this one, check out the weird book 0.1361015212836455566789110512013615... by Jason Earls. He was influenced by Pickover a lot.
Bella esposizione di quesiti ed enigmi matematici, abbordabile anche da chi ha visto per l'ultima volta una formula matematica ai tempi della scuola (leggi: la sottoscritta), e persino da quelli a cui insegnanti pigri o con poco tempo a disposizione hanno instillato senza volere l'odio per la matematica (leggi: sempre io).

La mia si potrebbe quasi definire una fobia per la matematica, della quale ho cercato di dimenticare con così tanto successo anche le poche cose che qualche professoressa era r...more
Suraj Kumar
This book takes you on a ride that is full of fun and adventures with some amazing games to interesting facts in the field of mathematics and logical thinking.
Jan 13, 2009 Becky marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: Jessica Curtis!
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I skimmed this and I'm keeping it on my to-read shelf. It's much bigger than I expected when I heard it mentioned in the group "Math is Great" and suggested as a curriculum tie-in. But the chapters are small and you could read it piecemeal if you wanted. I really can't help but admire an author who dedicates a book to the Apocalyptic Magic Square. Would be a great gift book for nerdy types.
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Clifford A. Pickover is an American author, editor, and columnist in the fields of science, mathematics, and science fiction, and is employed at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown, New York.

He received his Ph.D. in 1982 from Yale University's Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, where he conducted research on X-ray scattering and protein structure. Pickover graduated...more
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