The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures

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Author: Malba Tahan

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393254313

Category: Mathematics

Page: 256

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“A great storyteller.”—Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist Malba Tahan is the creation of a celebrated Brazilian mathematician looking for a way to bring some of the mysteries and pleasures of mathematics to a wider public. The adventures of Beremiz Samir, The Man Who Counted, take the reader on a journey in which, time and again, Samir summons his extraordinary mathematical powers to settle disputes, give wise advice, overcome dangerous enemies, and win for himself fame, fortune, and rich rewards. We learn of previous mathematicians and come to admire Samir’s wisdom and patience. In the grace of Tahan’s telling, these stories hold unusual delights for the reader.

Mathematicians are People, Too

Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians

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Author: Luetta Reimer,Wilbert Reimer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780866515092

Category: Mathematicians

Page: 143

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Volume One focuses on moments of mathematical discovery experienced by Thales, Pythagoras, Hypatia, Galileo, Pascal, and others. Volume Two dramatizes the lives of Omar Khayyam, Albert Einstein, Ada Lovelace, and others.

Fractals, Googols, and Other Mathematical Tales: The Book

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Author: Theoni Pappas

Publisher: Wide World Pub Tetra

ISBN: N.A

Category: Mathematics

Page: 55

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A new treasure trove of stories that make mathematical ideas come to life with an unusual cast of characters. This book explores mathematical concepts and topics such as real numbers, exponents, dimensions, and geometry in both serious and humorous ways. 50 line drawings.

Math Through the Ages

A Gentle History for Teachers and Others

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Author: William P. Berlinghoff,Fernando Q. Gouvêa

Publisher: MAA

ISBN: 9780883857366

Category: Mathematics

Page: 273

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An informal and accessible overview of the history of mathematics.

The Grapes of Math

How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life

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Author: Alex Bellos

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451640129

Category: Mathematics

Page: 352

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From triangles, rotations and power laws, to cones, curves and the dreaded calculus, Alex takes you on a journey of mathematical discovery with his signature wit and limitless enthusiasm. He sifts through over 30,000 survey submissions to uncover the world’s favourite number, and meets a mathematician who looks for universes in his garage. He attends the World Mathematical Congress in India, and visits the engineer who designed the first roller-coaster loop. Get hooked on math as Alex delves deep into humankind’s turbulent relationship with numbers, and reveals how they have shaped the world we live in.

The Further Adventures of Penrose, the Mathematical Cat

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Author: Theoni Pappas

Publisher: Wide World Pub Tetra

ISBN: N.A

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 117

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An illustrated tale about the adventures of a mathematical cat; introducing the concept of pi, symmetry, and multiplication through a series of puzzles, games, charts, worksheets, and tables.

The Adventures of Penrose, the Mathematical Cat

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Author: N.A

Publisher: Wide World Pub Tetra

ISBN: N.A

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 114

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Penrose the cat explores and experiences a variety of mathematical concepts, including infinity, the golden rectangle, and impossible figures.

Math and Magic in Wonderland

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Author: Lilac Mohr

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781532894428

Category:

Page: 256

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Galileo, Newton, Descartes, and Pascal too, All followed rabbit trails that led to something new. Lulu and Elizabeth are two girls who love to play with numbers, words, and (on occasion) toy swords. Join them on a grand adventure, where classic math and logic riddles lead the way through a world inspired by Lewis Carroll's poetry. Filled with engaging puzzles, tidbits about famous mathematicians, and a dash of humor, this interactive book is sure to inspire adults and children, alike, to follow their own rabbit trails into the magical world of mathematics.

The Number Devil

A Mathematical Adventure

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Author: Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781862078284

Category: Children's stories

Page: 264

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Twelve-year-old Robert hates his maths teacher. He sets his class boring problems and won't let them use their calculators. Then in his dreams Robert meets the Number Devil who brings the subject magically to life, illustrating with wit and charm a world in which numbers can amaze and fascinate, where maths is nothing like the dreary, difficult process that so many of us dread. The Number Devil knows how to make maths devilishly simple.

Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture

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Author: Apostolos Doxiadis

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 057129569X

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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Uncle Petros is a family joke. An ageing recluse, he lives alone in a suburb of Athens, playing chess and tending to his garden. If you didn't know better, you'd surely think he was one of life's failures. But his young nephew suspects otherwise. For Uncle Petros, he discovers, was once a celebrated mathematician, brilliant and foolhardy enough to stake everything on solving a problem that had defied all attempts at proof for nearly three centuries - Goldbach's Conjecture. His quest brings him into contact with some of the century's greatest mathematicians, including the Indian prodigy Ramanujan and the young Alan Turing. But his struggle is lonely and single-minded, and by the end it has apparently destroyed his life. Until that is a final encounter with his nephew opens up to Petros, once more, the deep mysterious beauty of mathematics. Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture is an inspiring novel of intellectual adventure, proud genius, the exhilaration of pure mathematics - and the rivalry and antagonism which torment those who pursue impossible goals.

Do I Count?

Stories from Mathematics

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Author: Gunter M. Ziegler

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1466564911

Category: Mathematics

Page: 226

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The subject of mathematics is not something distant, strange, and abstract that you can only learn about—and often dislike—in school. It is in everyday situations, such as housekeeping, communications, traffic, and weather reports. Taking you on a trip into the world of mathematics, Do I Count? Stories from Mathematics describes in a clear and captivating way the people behind the numbers and the places where mathematics is made. Written by top scientist and engaging storyteller Günter M. Ziegler and translated by Thomas von Foerster, the book presents mathematics and mathematicians in a manner that you have not previously encountered. It guides you on a scenic tour through the field, pointing out which beds were useful in constructing which theorems and which notebooks list the prizes for solving particular problems. Forgoing esoteric areas, the text relates mathematics to celebrities, history, travel, politics, science and technology, weather, clever puzzles, and the future. Can bees count? Is 13 bad luck? Are there equations for everything? What’s the real practical value of the Pythagorean Theorem? Are there Sudoku puzzles with fewer than 17 entries and just one solution? Where and how do mathematicians work? Who invented proofs and why do we need them? Why is there no Nobel Prize for mathematics? What kind of life did Paul Erdős lead? Find out the answers to these and other questions in this entertaining book of stories. You’ll see that everyone counts, but no computation is needed.

The Number Devil

A Mathematical Adventure

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Author: Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Publisher: Granta

ISBN: 9781847080530

Category: Children's stories

Page: 262

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Essential reading for anyone, of any age, who has ever been mystified by maths.

Math and Magic in Camelot

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Author: Lilac Mohr

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781542694551

Category: Animals, Mythical

Page: 288

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When Lulu and Elizabeth find themselves in Camelot, they are expecting to meet King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Instead, the twins enter the world of the Lily Maidens, an organization of women who travel through legends and time in pursuit of knowledge. But dark forces are uniting against the Kingdom; Merlin, the Black Pig, and a vast army of men and mythological beasts are marching for Camelot's gate. Only the magic of science, mathematics, and poetry can preserve honor's code and defend the Kingdom against the impending onslaught of evil.

Alex's Adventures in Numberland

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Author: Alex Bellos

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408809591

Category: Mathematics

Page: 448

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A hugely enjoyable, brilliantly researched explanation of the basic principles of maths.

The Story of Science

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Author: Anna Claybourne

Publisher: Usborne Publishing Limited

ISBN: 9781409582984

Category: Science

Page: 96

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Real life stories and fascinating facts about the origins of some of the most important scientific discoveries in history.

Math Trek

Adventures in the Math Zone

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Author: Ivars Peterson,Nancy Henderson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470624692

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 128

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Math Trek 2

A Mathematical Space Odyssey

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Author: Ivars Peterson,Nancy Henderson

Publisher: Jossey-Bass

ISBN: 9780471315711

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 128

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Take a wild and Wonderful Voyage Through the Universe of Mathematics! Just imagine how much fun it would be to explore the fourth dimension! Play baseball on an asteroid! Ride an alien bike with square wheels! Let Math Trek 2 take you on an intergalactic excursion as you master dizzying mathematical concepts on your home planet of Earth! While playing games and solving puzzles, you can explore mind-boggling mental mysteries and investigate hidden patterns in the universe. From strange number sequences and bizarre buckyballs to random walks, you’ll be amazed at the mathematical concepts you’ll soon comprehend. So let Math Trek 2 take you on a fantastic space odyssey where you can look for a pi in the sky, get stuck in galactic gridlock, and sail away to the planet of the shapes!

My Search for Ramanujan

How I Learned to Count

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Author: Ken Ono,Amir D. Aczel

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319255681

Category: Mathematics

Page: 238

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"The son of a prominent Japanese mathematician who came to the United States after World War II, Ken Ono was raised on a diet of high expectations and little praise. Rebelling against his pressure-cooker of a life, Ken determined to drop out of high school to follow his own path. To obtain his father’s approval, he invoked the biography of the famous Indian mathematical prodigy Srinivasa Ramanujan, whom his father revered, who had twice flunked out of college because of his single-minded devotion to mathematics. Ono describes his rocky path through college and graduate school, interweaving Ramanujan’s story with his own and telling how at key moments, he was inspired by Ramanujan and guided by mentors who encouraged him to pursue his interest in exploring Ramanujan’s mathematical legacy. Picking up where others left off, beginning with the great English mathematician G.H. Hardy, who brought Ramanujan to Cambridge in 1914, Ono has devoted his mathematical career to understanding how in his short life, Ramanujan was able to discover so many deep mathematical truths, which Ramanujan believed had been sent to him as visions from a Hindu goddess. And it was Ramanujan who was ultimately the source of reconciliation between Ono and his parents. Ono’s search for Ramanujan ranges over three continents and crosses paths with mathematicians whose lives span the globe and the entire twentieth century and beyond. Along the way, Ken made many fascinating discoveries. The most important and surprising one of all was his own humanity."

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

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Author: Edwin Lefèvre

Publisher: Laurus - Lexecon Kft.

ISBN: 6155643075

Category:

Page: N.A

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There is nothing new in Wall Street. There can’t be because speculation is as old as the hills. Whatever happens in the stock market today has happened before and will happen again. The desire for constant action irrespective of underlying conditions is responsible for many losses in Wall Street even among professionals. I never lose my temper over the stock market. I never argue the tape. Getting sore at the market doesn’t get you anywhere. They say you can never go poor taking profits. No, you don’t. But neither do you grow rich taking a four-point profit in a bull market. Where I should have made twenty thousand I made two thousand. That was what my conservatism did for me. Remember that stocks are never too high for you to begin buying or too low to begin selling. A man may see straight and clearly and yet become impatient or doubtful when the market takes its time about doing as he figured it must do. That is why so many men in Wall Street…nevertheless lose money. The market does not beat them. They beat themselves, because though they have brains they cannot sit tight. After spending many years in Wall Street and after making and losing millions of dollars I want to tell you this: It never was my thinking that made the big money for me. It always was the sitting. Got that? My sitting tight! Losing money is the least of my troubles. A loss never bothers me after I take it…But being wrong—not taking the loss—that is what does the damage to the pocketbook and to the soul. Prices, like everything else, move along the line of least resistance. They will do whatever comes easiest. The speculator’s chief enemies are always boring from within. It is inseparable from human nature to hope and to fear. In speculation when the market goes against you hope that every day will be the last day—and you lose more than you should had you not listened to hope—the same ally that is so potent a success-bringer to empire builders and pioneers, big and little. And when the market goes your way you become fearful that the next day will take away your profit, and you get out—too soon. Fear keeps you from making as much money as you ought to. The successful trader has to fight these two deep-seated instincts…Instead of hoping he must fear; instead of fearing he must hope.

A Gebra Named Al

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Author: Wendy Isdell

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1365981002

Category:

Page: N.A

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Winner of multiple awards for educational fiction as well as quality fantasy, this charming story brings us the adventures of Julie in the Land of Mathematics. Julie is a young teen who struggles with her homework, especially math, until a mysterious Imaginary Number leads her into Mathematics. There she meets Al the gebra (who is like a zebra), and horses who represent elements on the Periodic chart. She sets off on a quest to find her way home, and in the process, learns the foundations of algebra and chemistry. Join Julie in her journey through Mathematics, where the Orders of Operations are actual places and chemistrees are real plants with atomic fruit. Will Julie ever get home? Written when the author was age fourteen, this work of fiction has been used in various school systems throughout the U.S to help supplement cross-curriculum learning. It can also be enjoyed as light fantasy reading.