The Call of the Primes

Surprising Patterns, Peculiar Puzzles, and Other Marvels of Mathematics
by Owen O'Shea
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Publisher: Prometheus Books

Publication Date: March 29, 2016

ISBN: 9781633881495

Binding: Kobo eBook

Availability: eBook

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This sampler of entertaining mathematical diversions reveals the elegance and extraordinary usefulness of mathematics for readers who think they have no aptitude for the subject. If you like any kind of game at all, you’ll enjoy the amazing mathematical puzzles and patterns presented here in straightforward terms that any layperson can understand. From magic squares and the mysterious qualities of prime numbers to Pythagorean triples, probability theory, the Fibonacci sequence, and more, the author shows that math can be fun while having some profound implications.

Such ubiquitous mathematical entities as pi and the Fibonacci numbers are found throughout the natural world and are also the foundation of our technological civilization. By exploring the intriguing games presented here, you’ll come away with a greater appreciation for the beauty and importance of these and many more math concepts.

This is the perfect book for people who were turned off by math in school but now as adults wonder what they may have missed.

From the Trade Paperback edition.