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Author O'Shea, Owen, 1956-

Title The call of the primes : surprising patterns, peculiar puzzles, and other marvels of mathematics / Owen O'Shea.

Publication Info. Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2016.


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Description 330 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-314) 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

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