The Magic Numbers of the Professor (Spectrum)

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A fascinating collection of numerical curiosities and wonders. 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 Magic Numbers of the Professor reveals astonishing details about the year 1776; the year of American Independence. It contains discussions on prime numbers, gives some wonderful number patterns, and reveals many other eye-opening properties of numbers. It asks, for instance, if you know in how many different ways a US dollar can be changed. The Professor gives the answer to this and other currency questions. 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.

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As Owen O'Shea and the imaginary American Professor, Richard Stein, travel through Ireland, O'Shea notes the Professor's collection of amazing magic numbers in fascinating detail. The curiosities are wide ranging from coincidences about Apollo 11 and the first moon walk to proposition bets involving dice, darts, and playing cards.

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Owen O Shea was born in 1956 in Cobh, Country Cork, Ireland. Owen (and his twin brother, Michael) was the youngest of a family of eleven children. Owen has said that his parents and family lived on a modest income, but that his parents were hardworking and honest. His father was a non-commissioned officer in the Irish Naval Service. Owen s mother was a psychiatric nurse in London before she was married. Owen O Shea is a single person. He is employed as a civilian employee in the Department of Defense in Ireland. In his younger days Owen lectured occasionally on recreational mathematics to university students. He also frequently at that time voluntarily assisted various people in his community (particularly senior citizens) to complete forms in the areas of social welfare, pensions and tax to ensure that these persons obtained their legitimate entitlements from the Irish state. Owen is the author of a number of newspaper articles that appeared in Ireland in recent years. These articles ranged from such diverse topics as to how the date of Easter is calculated to a biographical sketch of Martin Luther King Jr. Owen has a wide range of hobbies. His first love is, of course, recreational mathematics. He is also interested in collecting and spotting strange coincidences. His other interests include mathematical magic, science, astronomy, nature, philosophy, poetry, conjuring, word play and history. This is Owen s first book. He says that he will be very pleased if those who read this book enjoy it as much as he has enjoyed writing it. Underwood Dudley earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Carnegie Institute of Technology and his doctorate (in number theory) from the University of Michigan. He taught briefly at the Ohio State University and then at De Pauw University from 1967-2004. Woody has written six books and many papers, reviews, and commentaries. He has served in many editing positions, including editor of The Pi My Epsilon Journal, 1993-96 and The Colle

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