Number Freak

Number Freak

From 1 to 200-- the Hidden Language of Numbers Revealed

Book - 2009
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A compulsively readable look at the secret language of numbers- their role in nature, movies, science, and everything in between.

What do Fight Club , wallpaper patterns, George Balanchine's Serenade , and Italian superstitions have in common? They're all included in the entry for the number 17 in this engaging book about numbers- detailing their unique properties, patterns, appeal, history, and lore.

Author Derrick Niederman takes readers on a guided tour of the numbers 1 to 300-covering everything from basic mathematical principles to ancient unsolved theorems, from sublime theory to delightfully arcane trivia.

Illustrated with diagrams, drawings, and photographs, plus 50 challenging mathematical brainteasers (with answers), this book will fascinate and engage readers of all levels of mathematical skill and knowledge. Includes such gems as:

? There are 42 eyes in a deck of cards, and 42 dots on a pair of dice
? In order to fill in a map so that neighboring regions never get the same color, one never needs more than four colors
? Hells Angels use the number 81 in their insignia because the initials "H" and "A" are the eighth and first numbers in the alphabet respectively
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780399534591
Characteristics: ix, 291 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.


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Jun 09, 2010

Fascinating stuff and has something to interest everyone -- whether you want fun facts, an explanation of theorems, or a few puzzles. In numerical order, has something about every number from 1 to 200 and nothing about zero..

Jan 13, 2010

Should read this book in small doses otherwise the mathematics can be overwhelming. A neat, fact-filled book


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Jun 09, 2010

4 is the only number in the English Language that contains the same number of letters as its name. But there's more going on here. Choose any number whatsoever and count the number of letters in its name to get a new number. Count the number of letters in the new number, and keep going. No matter what number you started with, you'll eventually end up with four. The proof is actually a little easier than you might think. Care to take a stab at it?


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