Mathematical Mysteries: The Beauty and Magic of Numbers

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Why seemingly unrelated mathematical truths are connected in simple and beautiful equations continues to stump even mathematicians. This recreational math book takes the reader on a fantastic voyage into the world of natural numbers. From the earliest discoveries of the ancient Greeks to various fundamental characteristics of the natural number sequence, Clawson explains fascinating mathematical mysteries in clear and easy prose. He delves into the heart of number theory to see and understand the exquisite ...

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Overview

Why seemingly unrelated mathematical truths are connected in simple and beautiful equations continues to stump even mathematicians. This recreational math book takes the reader on a fantastic voyage into the world of natural numbers. From the earliest discoveries of the ancient Greeks to various fundamental characteristics of the natural number sequence, Clawson explains fascinating mathematical mysteries in clear and easy prose. He delves into the heart of number theory to see and understand the exquisite relationships among natural numbers, and ends by exploring the ultimate mystery of mathematics: the Riemann hypothesis, which says that through a point in a plane, no line can be drawn parallel to a given line.While a professional mathematician’s treatment of number theory involves the most sophisticated analytical tools, its basic ideas are surprisingly easy to comprehend. By concentrating on the meaning behind various equations and proofs and avoiding technical refinements, Mathematical Mysteries lets the common reader catch a glimpse of this wonderful and exotic world.

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Clawson mathematics, Seattle Community College attempts to demonstrate to the layman with a rudimentary knowledge of algebra some of the deep beauties that he finds at the heart of mathematics. Travelling from early Greek achievements to the work of Kurt G<:o>del, he uses text and mathematical equations to explore such topics as the golden mean, Fibbonacci numbers, and special features of prime numbers. Throughout, he discusses the historical development of mathematical knowledge. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738202594
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 1,317,678
  • Lexile: 1200L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.41 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Calvin C. Clawson is the author of The Mathematical Traveler and Conquering Math Phobia. He has published over two dozen short stories, and won an award from the National Writers Association for his novel The White Badger. A teacher of mathematics at Seattle Community College, he lives south of Issaquah, Washington.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Discovery of the Number Sequence 8
Ch. 2 Numbers and the Occult 39
Ch. 3 Sequences and Series 53
Ch. 4 The Family of Numbers 77
Ch. 5 Story for a Rich Man 95
Ch. 6 Exotic Connections 116
Ch. 7 Closing in on the Primes 145
Ch. 8 Primes in Depth 164
Ch. 9 Primes and Secret Codes 184
Ch. 10 The Remarkable Ramanujan 201
Ch. 11 Ramanujan's Equations 216
Ch. 12 Goldbach's Conjecture 236
Ch. 13 Deepest Mysteries 258
Ch. 14 Into the Stratosphere 279
End Notes 297
Suggested Reading 305
Index 309
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2000

    A great book for those that love math!

    For anyone who ever gave even three seconds of serious thought to the question, 'Do I want to be a Mathematician?' A wide variety of topics will leave anyone interested in mathematics with some part of the book that they really enjoyed. I loved the number theory topics, specifically prime numbers and encription. Reading it made me want to go out and prove something...

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