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Math Book, The (Sterling Milestones) [Paperback]

Clifford A. Pickover
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4 Jan 2012 Sterling Milestones
Math's infinite mysteries and beauty unfold in this brand-new paperback edition of the bestselling The Math Book. Beginning millions of years ago with ancient ant odometers and moving through time to our modern-day quest for new dimensions, prolific polymath Clifford Pickover covers 250 milestones in mathematical history. Among the numerous concepts readers will encounter as they dip into this inviting anthology: cicada-generated prime numbers, magic squares, the discovery of pi and calculus, and the butterfly effect. Each topic is presented in a lavishly illustrated spread, including formulas, fascinating facts about scientists' lives and real-world applications of the theorems.

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; Reprint edition (4 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402788290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402788291
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 18.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for "The Math Book" and Clifford Pickover:
"Pickover contemplates realms beyond our known reality."--"The New York Times""I can't imagine anybody whose minds won't be stretched by [Pickover's] books."--Arthur C. Clarke"Bucky Fuller thought big, Arthur C. Clarke thinks big, but Cliff Pickover outdoes them both." --WIRED

About the Author

Internationally renowned author Clifford Pickover has published more than 40 books, translated into over a dozen languages, on such topics as computers and creativity, art, mathematics, black holes, human intelligence, time travel, alien life, religion, and the history of science. He is an associate editor for several journals, a puzzle contributor to magazines, and the author of over 200 articles on various subjects. Dr. Pickover received his PhD from Yale University's Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, having graduated first in his class from Franklin and Marshall College. Today, he holds over 70 U.S. patents for inventions dealing with computing technologies and interfaces. His website, pickover.com, has received millions of visits.

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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Looks good, but superficial 13 May 2010
Format:Hardcover
This book certainly looks great. Unfortunately, my enthusiasm lessened a lot when I started reading. The only purpose of many of the figures seems to be to make the book look good. They contribute little or nothing to the topic that's being discussed. For example, on the pages discussing the Moebius strip one would expect a picture of a such a strip, but I don't see why there should be twelve, and what the spheres and stars are for is completely beyond me. Many topics are discussed very superficially. To give just a few examples. In the discussion of the normal distribution its expression can only vaguely been seen on the figure showing a German 10 mark note. The entry on group theory has a lot about the death of Galois, but after reading you will not know what a mathematical group is. The entry on Cantor's transfinite numbers fails the mention how to compare the size of infinite sets. If you are interested in the development of mathematics through the ages, then there are lots of good books on the history of mathematics. If you are looking for a collection of intriguing mathematical topics, then I would recommend the books by Ian Stewart. These books are not so flashy, but they have much more substance.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have a deep interest in mathematics, not least from formal training and I bought this book thinking that it might broaden my mathematical culture. This it certainly achieves as any thick volume of history of science invariably would, covering the subject chronologically, trying to frame each of these pieces of text from a human angle.

However, this rapidly gets formulaic, with a clear and repetitive pattern of writing, and pretty pictures that are not entirely relevant and not explained properly.

To be fair to the author, now that I have the book, it certainly looks like one of those coffee table tomes and it probably never was meant to be taken at a single reading, as I did. Each page of text, on its own, while hardly going into the detail of the maths, or even explaining in an insightful manner how this really fits into the body of work of mathematics, reads well.

So the treatment may not surprise or disappoint those with the expectation of light reading. It's just not aimed at readers with formal training in mathematics or a deep fascination with the subject.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible, fascinating and mind exploring 6 Nov 2009
Format:Hardcover
A stunning book and an absolutely fascinating read, I just couldn't put this down! Now I am intelligent enough but certainly no genius. I've always been interested in mathematics but never felt brave enough to get any of those frightening texts you see on the subject. This however was accessible and yet entirely enthralling at the same time. Every topic - of 250!!!! - is given a couple of pages each with some truly gorgeous illustrations and/or photographs. I now find myself understanding a veritable mountain of mathematical concepts which were hitherto complete Greek to me. What's more the book is so visually fetching and covetable (and cheap!!!) I may well be giving a copy to all of my friends at Christmas!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bedtime delight! 13 Nov 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I pre-ordered this book and was pleasantly surprised to find it arrived earlier than predicted. Better than that - it had already sold out on Amazon U.S.A. so I was fortunate to have the book at all it seems. I have quite a few Clifford Pickover books, I like his style and I like the subject matter he covers. In the Math Book we have a beautifully published Hardback measuring some 7.5" x 9" x 1.5" so it is quite a chunky book. On each left-facing page there is the text describing the Math topic to be discussed, and on the right-facing page there is an accompanying image - usually quite beautiful and inspirational. There is no hard Math in the text, it is descriptive of the topic, and it proceeds in time as we move through the book, starting at 150 million B.C. with the first topic and ending up in 2007 with the final entry. At the bottom of each entry there are links to other related topics in the book, so rather like Asimov's Biographical Encyclopaedia you find yourself dipping in and out/backwards and forwards through the pages following the links. This is easy and relaxing reading and perfect for that half hour before dropping off to sleep and dreaming about fractal landscapes and unbreakable codes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully mathematical 4 Jan 2010
Format:Hardcover
never has a Maths book been so beautiful.... amazingly eye-opening! There is no need to be an expert in Maths to enjoy this wonderful book. It is easy to follow and detailed. The photographs and images are lovely. Could be used as a historical reference and for who simply has a passion for Maths and Mathematicians.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to inspire! 30 Nov 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have been reading Dr. Pickover's books for some years now. I have always admired his almost glacial clarity, humour and enthusiasm.
I am not going to give a page by page review - it's better than that. it needs to be read and admired for it's erudition and thought-provoking content.
This book is, unsurprisingly, up there with the best of them! The format is inspiring I have so say - fantastic plates - each topic, which is covered in a tantalising single page is faced with a relevant image. The topics are extensive and intelligently accessed.
it's one of those books you can dip in and out of and be a better (or at least more informed) person after a browse within it's world.
For me, it is one of those books which, when one holds, look at and even smell, make one realise that eBooks will never replace the printed page!
This book is a good read for everyone - from 8 to 80 as they say!
Thanks for a great piece of writing. I love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pick over a pickover book.....
Glorious pictures to browse...
Published 12 days ago by Mr. D. C. Lee
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Nice book, well illustrated, just a bit complex for my small brain!
Published 1 month ago by A. G. Stout
5.0 out of 5 stars The math book
Bought it for my brother for Christmas. Thought it looked really good so ordered one for me! It is as good as it looks. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Pdk
2.0 out of 5 stars a history book not one for the general public
fine if you want to read thousands of years of history nothing to do with today No good for current maths students
Published 7 months ago by brenda phyllis martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Visually impressive
Not very deep mathematically - it tends to brush over topics without really explaining them, but a very colourful book that could well inspire people to delve further. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr Bill Piper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great colorful book
I bought this book as a present for student of engineering faculty, he enjoys this book.
I really like it - there are many curious facts about Math written in chronological... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Anna's Kindle
2.0 out of 5 stars Where is the math?
This is more about historical events around math rather than a book of math itself. A very shallow look into mathematics.
Published 19 months ago by Dasypodidae
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service for a wonderful book
Royal Mail excelled itself by getting my order to the other side of the world in three days so well done them. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Viki W
5.0 out of 5 stars My third copy and counting.....
I have given copies of this book to 3 generations of my family, everyone found it an inspiring read. Each page is like a chapter in the history of mathematics. Read more
Published on 29 July 2012 by Malcolm Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyment in math history
I'm not a mathematician so this book is like a children's picture book for me. It is a history timeline of mathematics.
Very interesting, and very easy to read.
Published on 19 July 2012 by Vedran Jagodnik
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