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

By Clifford A. Pickover

A ardour for Mathematics is an instructional, unique journey throughout the curiosities of the mathematics global, mixing an eclectic mixture of background, biography, philosophy, quantity concept, 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 every one bankruptcy, Clifford Pickover offers factoids, anecdotes, definitions, quotations, and beautiful demanding situations that diversity from enjoyable, quirky puzzles to insanely tricky difficulties. Readers will come upon mad mathematicians, unusual quantity sequences, obstinate numbers, curious constants, magic squares, fractal ducks, monkeys typing Hamlet, infinity, and lots more and plenty, even more. A ardour for Mathematics will feed readers’ fascination whereas giving them problem-solving talents an outstanding exercise routine!

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I have thought about it. I think the reason was that mathematics leaves no room for argument. If you made a mistake, that was all there was to it” (Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, 1965). Mathematics and humanity. “Anyone who cannot cope with mathematics is not fully human. At best he is a tolerable subhuman who has learned to wear shoes, bathe, and not make messes in the house” (Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love, 1973). Numbers, History, Society, and People 21 Kurt Gödel (1906–1978) is an example of a mathematical genius obsessed with God and the afterlife.

99, no. 4 [April]: 318–31). Urantia religion and numbers. In the modern-day Urantia religion, numbers have an almost divine quality. According to the sect, headquartered in Chicago, we live on the 606th planet in a system called Satania, which includes 619 flawed but evolving worlds. Urantia’s grand universe number is 5,342,482,337,666. Urantians believe that human minds are created at birth, but the soul does not develop until about age six. They also believe 34 A Passion for Mathematics A calculating prodigy and 365,365,365,365,365,365.

A mathematical nomad. What legendary mathematician, and one of the most prolific mathematicians in history, was so devoted to math that he lived as a nomad with no home and no job? Sexual contact revolted him; even an accidental touch by anyone made him feel uncomfortable. ) Marin Mersenne (1588– 1648) was another mathematician who was deeply religious. Mersenne, a Frenchman, was a theologian, a philosopher, a number theorist, a priest, and a monk. He argued that God’s majesty would not be diminished had Mirror phobia.

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