The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 by Clifford A. Pickover

By Clifford A. Pickover

Math’s limitless mysteries and wonder spread during this follow-up to the best-selling The technology booklet. starting thousands of years in the past with historic “ant odometers” and relocating via time to our modern day quest for brand spanking new dimensions, it covers 250 milestones in mathematical background. one of the a number of delights readers will know about as they dip into this inviting anthology: cicada-generated leading numbers, magic squares from centuries in the past, the invention of pi and calculus, and the butterfly impression. each one subject will get a lavishly illustrated unfold with wonderful colour artwork, in addition to formulation and ideas, attention-grabbing proof approximately scientists’ lives, and real-world functions of the theorems. 

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362,880 ways. There are 255,168 possible games in TTT when considering all possible games that end in 5,6,7,8, and 9 moves. In the early 1980s, computer geniuses Danny Hillis, Brian Silverman, and friends built a Tinkertoy& computer that played TTT. The device was made from 10,000 Tinkertoy parts. In 1998, researchers and students at the University of Toronto created a robot to play three-dimensional (4 x 4 x 4) TTT with a human. SEE ALSO Go (548 B C ),lcosian Game (1857), Solving the Game of Awari (2002), and Checkers Is Solved (2007).

Worship of the numbers I through IO was a kind of polytheism for the Pythagoreans. They believed that numbers were alive, with a telepathic form of consciousness. Humans could relinquish their three-dimensional lives and telepathize with these number beings by using various forms of meditation. Some of these seemingly odd ideas are not foreign to modern mathematicians who often debate whether mathematics is a creation of the human mind or if it is simply a part of the universe, independent of human thought.

Perhaps ancient peoples observed that for every revolution of a cartwheel, a cart moves forward about three times the diameter of the wheel-an early recognition that the circumference is aboutthree times the diameter. 125. Creek mathematician Archimedes (c. ) was the first to give us a mathematically rigorous range for ""-a value between 223nl and 22n. ". ".. , on Earth and probably for any advanced civilization in the universe. ". never end, nor has anyone detected an orderly pattern in their arrangement.

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