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Paradigm Shift Knuckle Sandwich & other examples of P.N.T. (Perverse Number Theory)

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A math/humor/'pataphysics/philosophy book divided into 3 parts.

The 1st part is a combination review / spin-off of 10 math books read by the author. These 10 books were chosen as lay-level introductions to ideas that tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE considers to be "paradigm shifting": ideas such as "
408 pages
Published 2008
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Given that this is my bk, this is more of a promotional statement than a review.

The 1st paragraph reads:

"When I was a child, I was a very good mathematician. I was also good at drawing. I remember thinking, when I was 9 yrs old, something to the effect that a mathematician's life was probably too socially isolated & not much fun & I decided that, therefore, it might be better for me to be an artist."

40 yrs passed & while I still played w/ the math that most interested me, such as set theory &
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First, I highly recommend this book. It is a book about mathematics, but perhaps not like any other you are likely to read on the subject. Second, this book is not for everyone. Personally, I don’t waste my time on books that have “something for everyone” because that usually means they don’t have any real substance. This book has plenty of substance, but requires curiosity, open-mindedness, and an appreciation of a highly intelligent, ironic, absurdist sense of humor. You don’t have to be a mat ...more
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Alas, some GoodReads fiend has removed my date of death! I had it as "September 3, 1953" - before my date of birth so that my death won't happen in my lifetime. Some humorless GR person must want me to die. Foo on them.

OTHERWISE, please read this extensive interview w/ me by poet/essayist Alan Davies as part of "Otoliths 27" ( ). It's a DOOZY, I promise. I

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