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The Magic Numbers of the Professor

The Magic Numbers of the Professor

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  • Date Published: March 2007
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780883855577

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  • The Professor in Owen O'Shea's book is the imaginary American Richard Stein. As Owen O'Shea and the Professor travel through Ireland, O'Shea notes the Professor's collection of amazing magic numbers in fascinating detail. His mathematical curiosities are wide ranging, concerning the 1915 sinking of the Lusitania to coincidences about Apollo 11 to the first moon walk to new numerical curiosities. The new curiosities, among many others, center on Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy; the USA and Ireland; the two World Wars; the King James Version of the Bible, and James Joyce. The Number of the Beast, 666, is discussed as well, as are many new equations involving that famous number - all appearing here for the first time. And for those fascinated by games and gambling, a number of curious proposition bets involving dice, darts, and playing cards, and various mathematical puzzles are scattered throughout this singularly entertaining book.

    • A fascinating collection of numerical curiosities and wonders
    • Foreword by Martin Gardner
    • Many mathematical puzzles are posed and answers are provided to each of these stimulating conundrums
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Owen O'Shea, more than anyone, has the uncanny ability to find remarkable coincidences everywhere he looks. How he does it is a mystery. Some (not all!) of his astounding discoveries are packed into this entertaining mind bewildering book.' Martin Gardner

    From the Number of the Beast and triangular numbers to Friedman numbers and pandigital squares, this smorgasbord of mathematical puzzles, curiosities and coincidences is sure to delight readers of all level of mathematical sophistication.' Clifford A. Pickover, author of The Möbius Strip and A Passion for Mathematics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780883855577
    • length: 220 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 156 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.377kg
    • availability: This item is not supplied by Cambridge University Press in your region. Please contact Mathematical Association of America for availability.
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword by Martin Gardner
    1. Digit curiosities
    2. The 9/11 atrocities
    3. The Professor speaks on the U. S. and Ireland
    4. Curiosities in armed conflicts
    5. Number and word palindromes
    6. The U. S.-Iraq war
    7. The number of the Beast
    8. Curios of the Lusitania and other curious matters
    9. Wordplay and other curiosities
    10. New coincidences on Lincoln and Kennedy
    11. Dart and card curiosities
    12. The Professor gives some number patterns
    13. The King James Bible and some currency curiosities
    14. The Professor at the university
    About the authors.

  • Authors

    Owen O'Shea

    Underwood Dudley

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