The Penguin Book Of Curious And Interesting Numbers: Revised Edition by David WellsThe Penguin Book Of Curious And Interesting Numbers: Revised Edition by David Wells

The Penguin Book Of Curious And Interesting Numbers: Revised Edition

byDavid Wells

Paperback | May 1, 1998

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Everything you wanted to know about numbers is included in this book, including aliquot sequences, the cattle problem, Pascal’s triangle, and the Syracuse algorithm.

Why was the number of Hardy’s taxi significant? Why does Graham’s number need its own notation? How many grains of sand would fill the universe? What is the connection between the Golden Ratio and sunflowers? Why is 999 more than a distress call?

All these questions and a host more are answered in this fascinating book, now revised with nearly 200 extra entries as well as 250 additions to the original entries. There is even a comprehensive index for those annoying occasions when you remember the name but can’t recall the number.
David Wells was born in 1940. He had the rare distinction of being a Cambridge scholar in mathematics and failing his degree. He subsequently trained as a teacher and after working on computers and teaching machines taught mathematics and science in primary schools and mathematics in secondary schools. While at university he became the...
Title:The Penguin Book Of Curious And Interesting Numbers: Revised EditionFormat:PaperbackPublished:May 1, 1998Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140261494

ISBN - 13:9780140261493

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18


Rated 5 out of 5 by from This IS Interesting! Curious and Interesting Numbers by David Wells is a deep book. He gives tantalizing tidbits of information on different numbers which hint at the depth to which you could investigate further. For example there is probably a lot more about the number 17 and wall paper patterns. A great book for the mathophile.
Date published: 2017-12-21

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Revised with nearly 200 new entries, this dictionary contains all the information that anyone ever wanted to know about numbers--from minus one and its square root to cyclic, weird, perfect, untouchable and lucky numbers to Pascal's triangle and the Syracuse algorithm to numbers so large they boggle the imagination