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The Mathematics of Oz
Mental Gymnastics from Beyond the Edge


  • Date Published: March 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521700849

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  • Grab a pencil. Relax. Then take off on a mind-boggling journey to the ultimate frontier of math, mind, and meaning as acclaimed author Dr Clifford Pickover, Dorothy, and Dr Oz explore some of the oddest and quirkiest highways and byways of the numerically obsessed. Prepare yourself for a shattering odyssey as The Mathematics of Oz unlocks the doors of your imagination. The thought-provoking mysteries, puzzles, and problems range from zebra numbers and circular primes to Legion's number - a number so big that it makes a trillion pale in comparison. The strange mazes, bizarre consequences, and dizzying arrays of logic problems will entertain people at all levels of mathematical sophistication. With numerous illustrations, this is an original, fun-filled, and thoroughly unique introduction to numbers and their role in creativity, computers, games, practical research, and absurd adventures that teeter on the edge of logic and insanity. The Mathematics of Oz will have you squirming in frustration and begging for more.

    • Big name author who has written over 20 popular books plus puzzle columns for Discover and other popular magazines
    • New and unusual mathematical puzzles not found in standard collections
    • Lots of amusing original illustrations
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… this book is an excellent one … anyone wishing to open it for the first time should be warned about the danger of becoming addicted to reading it on a regular basis.' Yuri V. Rogovchenko, Zentralblatt MATH

    'A perpetual idea machine, Clifford Pickover is one of the most creative, original thinkers in the world today.' Journal of Recreational Mathematics

    'Run, leap, scurry and scoot to your nearest bookstore and get his books.' BYTE

    'Pickover inspires a new generation of da Vincis to build unknown flying machines and create new Mona Lisas.' Christian Science Monitor

    'Pickover is van Leeuwenhoek's twentieth century equivalent.' OMNI

    'The Mathematics of Oz stands out from the crowd. There are enough challenges here to keep you away from the TV all Christmas.' New Scientist

    '… the material in the book is not duplicated in other collections, and some of it is even new, a real rarity in recreational mathematics.' Underwood Dudley, author of Mathematical Cranks

    'Readers cannot deny the wit, humor, and intelligent challenges Pickover demands of them. those who love solving puzzles will surely appreciate the whimsy and the sport.' Leonardo

    'This is an excellent collection of mathematical problems and puzzles at all levels of mathematical sophistication … The reader is guided to think about many interesting areas, and various methods are exploited and presented in a non-traditional way.' European Mathematical Society

    '… [an] astounding collection of more than 100 puzzles … Mathematics of Oz is a stimulating romp through often mind-bending terrain.' Science News

    '… an excellent collection of mathematical problems and puzzles at all levels of mathematical sophistication.' EMS Newsletter

    '… the problems themselves - more than a hundred in total - amaze, challenge and delight in equal proportion.' The Mathematical Gazette

    'Beside being a pleasant reading, this book is capable of endearing its readers to mathematics. …useful reading for not only mathematics-orientated people, but laymen interested in thinking can find exciting riddles and thinking methods as well. …This book is a recommended reading for each Homo sapiens who likes thinking.' Acta Scientiarum Mathematicarum

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521700849
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 80 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Travel guide
    1. The yellow-brick road
    2. Animal array
    3. An experiment with Kansas
    4. An experiment with signs
    5. The logic of greenness
    6. Magical maze
    7. Kansas railway contraction
    8. The problem of the bones
    9. Square overdrive
    10. Squares and cubes
    11. Plex's matrix
    12. Chaos at the clock factory
    13. The upsilon configuration
    14. Bone toss
    15. Animal farm courthouse
    16. Omega sphere
    17. Leg bone shatter produces triangle
    18. Z-bar ranch
    19. Mystery of phasers
    20. Salty number cycle
    21. Where are the composites?
    22. Brain trip
    23. The gaps of omicron
    24. Hutchinson problem
    25. Flint hill series
    26. Wacky tiles
    27. Toto clone puzzle
    28. Legion's number
    29. The problems of the tombs
    30. Plex's tiles
    31. Phasers on targets
    32. The chamber of death and despair
    33. Zebra irrationals
    34. Creatures in resin
    35. Prime-poor equations
    36. Number satellite
    37. Flatworm math
    38. Regolith paradox
    40. Entroy
    41. Animal gap
    42. Arranging alien heads
    43. Ramanujan congruences and the quest for transcendence
    44. Getting noticed
    45. Juggler numbers
    46. Friends from Mars
    47. Phi in four 4s
    On planet zyph
    49. The jellyfish of europa
    50. Archeological dissection
    51. The gamma gambit
    52. Robot hand hive
    53. Ramanujan and the quattuordecillion
    54. Lunatic ferris wheel
    55. The ultimate spindle
    56. Prairie artifact
    57. Alien pellets
    58. The beauty of polygon slicing
    59. Cosmic call
    60. Knight moves
    61. Sphere
    62. Potawatomi target
    63. Sliders
    64. Swapping
    65. Triangle dissection
    66. A simple code
    67. Heterosquare
    68. Insertion
    69. Missing landscape
    70. The choice
    71. Animal selection
    72. The skeletal men of Uranus
    73. Hindbrain stimulation
    74. The arrays of absolution
    75. Trochophore abduction
    76. The dream pyramids of Missouri
    77. Mathematical flower petal
    78. Blood and water
    79. Cavern problems
    80. Three triplets
    81. Oos and oob gambit
    82. Napiform mathematics
    83. Toto, Mr. plex, elephant
    84. Witch overdrive
    85. What is art?
    86. Wendy magic square
    87. Heaven and hell
    88. The stars of heaven
    89. Vacation in the Tarantula nebula
    90. Hot lava
    91. Circular primes
    92. The truth about cats and dogs
    93. Disc mania
    94. N2+m2=s
    95. 2, 271, 2718281
    96. Android watch
    97. Knight moves
    98. Pool table gambit
    99. A connection between pi and e
    100. Venusian number bush
    101. Triangle cave
    102. Rat attack
    103. The scarecrow formula
    104. Circle math
    105. A, AB, ABA
    106. Ants and cheese
    107. The omega crystal
    108. Attack of undulating undecamorphs
    Further exploring
    For further reading
    About the author.

  • Author

    Clifford A. Pickover, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, New York
    Clifford A. Pickover received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is the author of over twenty highly-acclaimed books on topics such as computers and creativity, art, mathematics, black holes, human behavior and intelligence, time travel, alien life, and science fiction. Pickover is a prolific inventor with dozens of patents, is the associate editor for several journals, the author of colorful puzzle calendars, and puzzle contributor to magazines geared to children and adults. The Los Angeles Times recently wrote, 'Pickover has published nearly a book a year in which he stretches the limits of computers, art, and thought.' Wired magazine wrote, 'Bucky Fuller thought big, Arthur C. Clarke thinks big, but Cliff Pickover outdoes them both.' Pickover's computer graphics have been featured on the cover of many popular magazines and on TV shows. His web site,, has received over a half-million visits.

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