Description 
330 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm 

text txt rdacontent 

unmediated n rdamedia 

volume nc rdacarrier 
Bibliography 
Includes bibliographical references (pages 311314) and index. 
Contents 
Some words on the lo shu and other magic squares  The call of the primes  Some words on Pythagorean triples  The Monty Hall problem and other deceptive puzzles in probability theory  The Fibonacci sequence  The Lucas sequence  The irrational number phi  The square root of 1  The square root of 2  The square numbers  The triangular numbers  The transcendental number known as pi  The transcendental number e  Pascal's triangle  Some strange and remarkable coincidences  Beautiful mathematical equations. 
Summary 
This sampler of entertaining mathematical diversions reveals the elegance and extraordinary usefulness of mathematics for readers who think they have no aptitude for the subject. If you like any kind of game at all, you'll enjoy the amazing mathematical puzzles and patterns presented here in straightforward terms that any layperson can understand. From magic squares and the mysterious qualities of prime numbers to Pythagorean triples, probability theory, the Fibonacci sequence, and more, the author shows that math can be fun while having some profound implications. 
Subject 
Mathematical recreations.


Numbers, Prime.


Magic squares.


Square root.


Magic squares. (OCoLC)fst01005506


Mathematical recreations. (OCoLC)fst01012120


Numbers, Prime. (OCoLC)fst01041241


Square root. (OCoLC)fst01131088

Other Form: 
Online version: O'Shea, Owen, 1956 Call of the primes. Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2016 9781633881495 (DLC) 2016007466 
ISBN 
9781633881488 (pbk.) 

1633881482 (pbk.) 

9781633881495 (ebook) 
Standard No. 
AU@ 000057109836 

NZ1 16335988 
