Math’s infinite mysteries unfold in this paperback edition of the bestsellingTheMath Book. Beginning millions of years ago with ancient “ant. The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, Milestones in the History of Mathematics: Clifford A. Pickover: Books. Download Citation on ResearchGate | On Jan 1, , Clifford A. Pickover and others published The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension,

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As in Sofia Kovalevksaya, mathematical genius and pioneering female mathematician and academician of the 19th century. Finally, it is a book that is just fun to read, the math is not deep, but it is lively and entertaining. Infinite Monkey Theorem Gray, Shirley and C.

I mean first there’s some ants, and then The now-ubiquitous word “awesome” is, sadly, the only word I can use to describe this book. Return to Pickover’s main web page. As previously stated, introducing the most notable mathematical theories and contributions in this format is a great and fun idea, however, I did find quite a few factual errors in the texts, which weren’t exactly hard for anybody to look up, giving the impression that it was written without much care, unprofessional.

One page essays on mathematical things arranged chronologically. The writing did on most cases good work presenting the subjects and their meaning for mathematics without getting too technical about it.

However, if you are looking for a very detailed history of mathematics I would recommend you seek out other books. I would highly recommend this book to those interested in math or history alike. Everyone hears the stories of Archimedes and his discovery of displacement, but there are lesser known problems and people as well and that’s where I think this book manages to get a little interesting. Today, he holds over 70 U. In particular, the researchers placed a computer in a monkey enclosure to monitor the literary output of several primates.


The writer doesn’t always succeed to explain the complex matter into terms I understood, but most of the time he does. Notes and Further Reading I’ve compiled the following list that identifies some of the material I used to research and write this book. An Illustrated Introduction to the Manuscript London: Lotos, Naturwissen Zeitschrift Prague Tomash Publishers,pp.

The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics

Cliff Pickover on Twitter. Wells, David, “Are these the most beautiful? Statistical Mechanics and its Applications Boole’s Philosophy and Fun of Algebra Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Each is illustrated with a full-page mathematical drawing or rendering, a reproduction of a historical document, or a portrait of tthe subject.

In reality, Africa is largest, followed by South America, and then Greenland. Penguin, ; New York: Other editions – View all The Math Book: A significant number of entries were references to math texts, which were important, but nowhere nearly as interesting as other findings or quandaries in math.

The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, Milestones in the History of Mathematics

Dauben, Joseph Warren, Georg Cantor: Give the pthagoras a good overview of Mathematics history and he also wanted to include Mathematical problems that interested him. Pickover gives each of the “Milestones” a concise yet detailed overview.


Eulers Polygon Division Problem. KendallMaurice G. The Syllogism”; see http: Com, has received millions of visits. Edward Sandifer, “The Sumario Compendioso: Oxford University Press, Slocum Puzzle Foundation, Hayes, Brian, “Randomness as a Resource,” 89 4: Zermelo’s Axiom of Choice However, you will need to search further for frlm significant understanding of the ideas.

University of Illinois Press, Great Moments in Science”; see http: I see myself using this book as a hook to capture student interest in math class. Not a heaven with angels, but dimensuon populated by the abstract objects they devote themselves to studying: The Quest for Omega New York: I would type in an equation and then wait and watch, in what now would 57t called agonizingly slow response, the plot of the polar curve.

Jun 18, Eco Imp rated it it was amazing Shelves: PickoverSterling Publishing Buy at Amazon. Is it possible to turn a sphere inside out?

Journey with Pickover as he traces achievements like ancient ant “odometers,” the first abacus, the discovery of computer-generated fractals, and the quest for new dimensions. The Web site addresses listed here provided valuable background information when this book was written.