The Moment of Proof

The Moment of Proof : Mathematical Epiphanies

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This text attempts to show the power of mathematics to a readership with a background in only elementary algebra, by presenting in a very accessible form some fundamental proofs, mostly having to do with number theory. The goal is to recreate for the lay reader a facsimile of the pleasure and excitement that mathematicians experience through creative mathematical work. This book should be of interest to readers of recreational mathematics and people who enjoy puzzles, games or logic.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 190 x 240 x 30mm | 920.79g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1 halftone, 92 line figures
  • 0195117212
  • 9780195117219

Table of contents

Part I: recalling; reflections; hand in hand; further progression. Part II: counting; interesting numbers; tenpins, and counting; outcast; the power of two; divide and conquer; set and match; chance encounter. Part III: balancing; cutouts; two pearls. Part IV: numbering; new numbers for old; prime news; the unknown division; secret Messages. Part V: winning; be wise, optimize; the play's the thing.show more

About Donald C. Benson

Donald C. Benson is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of California, Davis. He lives in Davis, California.show more

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