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

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

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By (author) Clifford A. Pickover

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  • Publisher: STERLING
  • Format: Hardback | 528 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 216mm x 41mm | 1,451g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1402757964
  • ISBN 13: 9781402757969
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: full colour illustrations throughout, includes photographs, includes illustrations
  • Sales rank: 14,230

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This is an accessible, fascinating book that unravels the mysteries and beauty of mathematics. It covers 250 milestones in mathematical history, from the magic squares from centuries ago to the discovery of pi. Each topic is lavishly illustrated and includes formulas and concepts, facts about scientists' lives and real-world applications of the theorem. Mathematics' infinite mysteries and beauty unfold in this fascinating 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 in this inviting anthology include: 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 colour art, along with formulas and concepts, fascinating facts about scientists' lives and real-world applications of the theorems.

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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. Currently, he is a writer, editor for a scientific journal and serves on the editorial board for Odyssey, Leonardo and YLEM. His research has received considerable media attention.