Edition 
New Princeton Science Library paperback edition. 
Description 
ix, 205 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 22 cm. 

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Series 
Princeton science library ; 131 

Princeton science library ; 131.

Contents 
Frontmatter  CONTENTS  Foreword  Preface  Introduction  1. The Sequence of Prime Numbers  2. Traversing Nets of Curves  3. Some Maximum Problems  4. Incommensurable Segments and Irrational Numbers  5. A Minimum Property of the Pedal Triangle  6. A Second Proof of the Same Minimum Property  7. The Theory of Sets  8. Some Combinatorial Problems  9. On Waring's Problem  10. On Closed SelfIntersecting Curves  11. Is the Factorization of a Number into Prime Factors Unique?  12. The FourColor Problem  13. The Regular Polyhedrons  14. Pythagorean Numbers and Fermat's Theorem  15. The Theorem of the Arithmetic and Geometric Means  16. The Spanning Circle of a Finite Set of Points  17. Approximating Irrational Numbers by Means of Rational Numbers  18. Producing Rectilinear Motion by Means of Linkages  19. Perfect Numbers  20. Euler's Proof of the Infinitude of the Prime Numbers  21. Fundamental Principles of Maximum Problems  22. The Figure of Greatest Area with a Given Perimeter  23. Periodic Decimal Fractions  24. A Characteristic Property of the Circle  25. Curves of Constant Breadth  26. The Indispensability of the Compass for the Constructions of Elementary Geometry  27. A Property of the Number 30  28. An Improved Inequality  Notes and Remarks 
Summary 
The classic book that shares the enjoyment of mathematics with readers of all skill levels. What is so special about the number 30? Do the prime numbers go on forever? Are there more whole numbers than even numbers? The Enjoyment of Math explores these and other captivating problems and puzzles, introducing readers to some of the most fundamental ideas in mathematics. Written by two eminent mathematicians and requiring only a background in plane geometry and elementary algebra, this delightful book covers topics such as the theory of sets, the fourcolor problem, regular polyhedrons, Euler's proof of the infinitude of prime numbers, and curves of constant breadth. Along the way, it discusses the history behind the problems, carefully explaining how each has arisen and, in some cases, how to resolve it. With an incisive foreword by Alex Kontorovich, this Princeton Science Library edition shares the enjoyment of math with a new generation of readers. 
Subject 
Mathematics  Popular works.


Mathematics. (OCoLC)fst01012163

Genre/Form 
Popular works. (OCoLC)fst01423846

Added Author 
Kontorovich, Alex, contributor.

ISBN 
9780691241548 (pbk.) 

0691241546 (pbk.) 

9780691241531 (ebook) 
