Number Freak: A Mathematical Compendium from 1 to 200Hardback
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- Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 192 pages
- Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 28mm | 458g
- Publication date: 25 February 2010
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 071563710X
- ISBN 13: 9780715637104
- Sales rank: 479,057
Did you know that the Hundred Years War actually lasted 116 years? Do you know what decimoctoseptology is? Or what the numbers in a Fibonacci sequence are? Or how to calculate your Erdos-Bacon number? Number fanatic Derrick Niederman has a mission - to bring numbers to life. In "Number Freak", he explores the unique properties of the most exciting numbers from 1 to 200, wherever they may crop up: from mathematics to sport, from history to the natural world, from language to pop culture. Packed with illustrations, amusing facts, puzzles, brainteasers and anecdotes, "Number Freak" is an enthralling and thought-provoking numerical voyage through the history of mathematics, investigating problems of logic, geometry and arithmetic along the way. Entertaining and accessible, it is a must for trivia addicts, maths-lovers and even number-phobes.
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Derrick Niederman is a mathematician turned investment writer. He is the author of several previous books on numbers and finance, including "What the Numbers Say" and "The Inner Game of Investing". He has written a series of mathematical puzzle books and is a regular contributor of crossword puzzles to the "New York Times". He is also the inventor of the '36 cube', a three-dimensional puzzle.
'This book is a complete joy. It made me smile. A lot.' - Carol Vorderman. 'There's more to maths than just numbers - but, as this entertaining and engaging book amply demonstrates, the depth and variety of mathematical ideas that appear when you start with 1, 2, 3 and keep going is astonishing. Once you start reading "Number Freak" it's just like the number system itself - impossible to stop' - Ian Stewart, author of "Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities". 'A great maths book for geeks and non-geeks alike' - Johnny Ball. 'A fascinating parade of diverse numerical characters... An entertaining mix of numerical fun and theory' - Booklist. 'A fun book... definitely challenging' - Vanity Fair. 'All sorts of fascinating mathematical minutiae' - Time Out, Chicago.