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

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Clifford A. Pickover received his PhD from Yale in Biophysics and Biochemistry, and has written more than 40 books and over 200 articles. For many years he was the lead columnist for Discover magazine’s “Brain-Boggler,” and is known for his calendar and card sets, Mind-Bending Visual Puzzles. Currently, he writes the “Brain Strain” column forOdyssey, is associate editor for the scientific journal Computers and Graphics, and serves on the editorial board forOdyssey, Leonardo, and YLEM. His computer graphics have appeared on the covers of numerous magazines, and his research has received considerable attention from such media outlets as CNN, the Discovery Channel,The New York Times, and WIRED.

Math’s infinite mysteries and beauty unfold in this follow-up to the best-sellingThe Science Book. Beginning millions of years ago with ancient “ant odometers” and moving through time to our modern-day quest for new dimensions, it covers 250 milestones in mathematical history. Among the numerous delights readers will learn about as they dip into this inviting anthology: cicada-generated prime numbers, magic squares from centuries ago, the discovery of pi and calculus, and the butterfly effect. Each topic gets a lavishly illustrated spread with stunning color art, along with formulas and concepts, fascinating facts about scientists’ lives, and real-world applications of the theorems.


ISBN 9781402757969
Genre MATHEMATICS / History & Philosophy
Format Hardcover
Pages 527
Publisher Date 2009-09-01 00:00:00.0
Publisher Sterling Pub Co Inc
Copyright Year 2009
Height 8.75 in
Wdth 7.0 in
Thickness 1.5 in
Unit weight 3.04 lb
Language English
Subtitle From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics
Edition Number 1
Audience General/trade
Authors Pickover, Clifford A.
Country of Origin United States

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  • Cool Math

    Math history, chronologically, each relevant "chunk" on just one page...from 150 million B.C. to 2007...this is one really cool book. manageable size, shiny pictures...a glimpse of famous and should be famous mathematicians...the math we all know to the more obscure....I bought a few as gifts (one for my daughter's alegbra teacher)...unique and interesting.

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