Mathematical Cranks ( Spectrum Series)

Mathematical Cranks ( Spectrum Series)

by Underwood Dudley
ISBN-10:
0883855070
ISBN-13:
9780883855072
Pub. Date:
10/28/1996
Publisher:
Mathematical Association of America

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Mathematical Cranks ( Spectrum Series)

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 mathematical views, some mild (thinking we should count by 12s instead of 10s), some bizarre (thinking that second-order differential equations will solve all problems of economics, politics and philosophy). This is a truly unique book. It is written with wit and style and is a part of folk mathematics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780883855072
Publisher: Mathematical Association of America
Publication date: 10/28/1996
Series: Spectrum Series
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.18(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.31(d)

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