Mathematical Journeys (Wiley-Interscience Publication)

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A colorful tour through the intriguing world of mathematics

Take a grand tour of the best of modern math, its most elegantsolutions, most clever discoveries, most mind-bending propositions,and most impressive personalities. Writing with a light touch whileshowing the real mathematics, author Peter Schumer introduces youto the history of mathematics, number theory, combinatorics,geometry, graph theory, and "recreational mathematics." Requiringonly high school math and a healthy curiosity, MathematicalJourneys helps you explore all those aspects of math thatmathematicians themselves find most delightful. You’lldiscover brilliant, sometimes quirky and humorous tidbits like howto compute the digits of pi, the Josephus problem, mathematicalamusements such as Nim and Wythoff’s game, pizza slicing, andclever twists on rolling dice.

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A colorful tour through the intriguing world of mathematics

The world of modern mathematics abounds with fascinating,unusual ideas–ideas and concepts even seasoned mathematiciansoften wonder about. Mathematical Journeys takes you on a grand tourof the best of modern math–its most elegant solutions, mostclever discoveries, most mind-bending propositions, and mostimpressive personalities.

Writing with a light touch while showing the real mathematics,author Peter Schumer introduces you to the history of mathematics,number theory, combinatorics, geometry, graph theory, and"recreational mathematics." Requiring only high school math and ahealthy curiosity, Mathematical Journeys helps you explore allthose aspects of math that mathematicians themselves find mostdelightful. You’ll discover brilliant, sometimes quirky andhumorous tidbits like how to compute the digits of pi, the Josephusproblem, mathematical amusements such as Nim and Wythoff’sgame, pizza slicing, and clever twists on rolling dice. For aglimpse of the minds that gave birth to the math, read the profilesof such great thinkers as Paul Erdös and Leonhard Euler.

Each chapter of the book focuses on some interesting piece ofmathematics, giving the history and requisite math background, thesolution of a problem or two, and some indication of naturalgeneralizations and related areas of study. Whether you’re amath novice curious to learn what your calculus class left out or amath lover ready for the green chicken contest (What’s that?Read the book!), Mathematical Journeys will give you a true tasteof what mathematicians themselves find most exciting aboutmath.

About the Author:

PETER D. SCHUMER, PhD, is a professor of mathematics at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont. Dr. Schumer is a well-known writer and lecturer as well as a popular educator on both mathematics and the game of go–and a recipient of the Trevor Evans Award of the Mathematical Association of America. He received his PhD in 1983 from the University of Maryland and has been a visiting scholar at Stanford, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, and Keio University in Japan.

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