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Mathematical Cranks

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A delightful collection of articles about people who claim they have achieved the mathematically impossible (squaring the circle, duplicating the cube); people who think they have done something they have not (proving Fermat's Last Theorem); people who pray in matrices; people who find the American Revolution ruled by the number 57; people who have in common eccentric math ...more
Paperback, 383 pages
Published October 17th 1996 by Mathematical Association of America (MAA) (first published September 1st 1992)
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Charles
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It is a very rare occasion when a writer addresses a topic that is largely unexplored. Add the additional condition that it be done in a thoughtful, engaging manner and a jewel is created. This is such a book. Few people, in and out of mathematics, realize that there are people who believe themselves capable of doing the mathematically impossible. They do exist, and Dudley describes them and their obsessions in a frank and engaging manner.
Thankfully, such people have always existed and hopefully
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G. Branden
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: math geeks
The world needs more math books that make us laugh.

Mathematical Cranks is a tremendous amount of fun, but is probably only going to be enjoyable to people who absolutely love math.

Take a look at the author's portrait on the back cover. If you're in a technical field and have had to sit and endure the experience of some painfully ignorant and self-important blowhard tell you how you're all wrong about things you know very well, you may end up looking like poor Professor Dudley.

Cranks are the reas
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