Math’s infinite mysteries unfold in this paperback edition of the bestsellingTheMath Book. Beginning millions of years ago with ancient “ant. The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, Milestones in the History of Mathematics: Clifford A. Pickover: Books. Download Citation on ResearchGate | On Jan 1, , Clifford A. Pickover and others published The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension,

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PickoverSterling Publishing Buy at Amazon. A page hardcover color book. Tweet – Library Journal select as “Best Book” in math for all of Book praise from Martin Gardner “Clifford Pickover, prolific writer and undisputed polymath, has put together a marvelous reference work. Its short entries provide a veritable history of mathematics by focusing on its greatest theorems and the geniuses who discovered them.

The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, Milestones in the History of Mathematics

Topics are chronological, starting with the calculating abilities of ants million years B. Pickover’s vast love of math, and his awe before its mysteries, permeates every page of this beautiful volume.

The illustrations alone are worth the book’s price. Click the image to magnify. I used this on-line tool to create the cloud. The book itself unlocks the secrets of the Durer and Franklin magic squares that play a central role in Dan Brown’s novel “The Lost Symbol.

Clarke thinks big, but Cliff Pickover outdoes them both. So many thought-provoking questions are posed and answered in this beautifully illustrated book. Pickover reveals the magic and mystery behind some of the most significant mathematical milestones as well as the oddest objects and ideas humanity has ever contemplated, beginning in million B. Mathematics has permeated every field of scientific endeavor. It can be used to explain the colors of the sunset or the architecture of our brains, and help us explore subatomic quantum realities and image faraway galaxies.

Notable formulas and mathematical concepts are accompanied by fascinating facts about mathematicians’ lives and real-world, practical applications of theorems.

Journey with Pickover as he traces achievements like ancient ant “odometers,” the first abacus, the discovery of computer-generated fractals, and the quest for new dimensions. Here also are remarkable thinkers from Pythagoras and Euclid to modern-day math icon Martin Gardner and cosmologist Max Tegmark. Chronologically organized, each entry is short enough to digest in a few minutes and is presented along with a striking full-color image. Pickover is the author of 40 books on such topics as computers and creativity, art, mathematics, black holes, human behavior and intelligence, time travel, alien life, religion, medical mysteries, and science fiction.


Pickover is a prolific inventor with over 50 patents, is the associate editor for several journals, and puzzle contributor to magazines geared to children and adults.

He received his Ph. His web site, Pickover. Com, has received millions of visits. Cliff Pickover on Twitter.

Return to Pickover’s main web page. Information on Pickover’s other books. As seen on Sixty Minutes TV show! Sampling of Images from Book Enter a colorful, mathematical world filled with wonders and beauties. Explore the mysteries of mathematics as the adventure unfolds over s of years. Of course, the s of color images and mathematical milestones are credited and carefully described in the book.

Formulas, thought experiments, and recipes are given to allow thorough experimentation and deeper contemplation of the famous puzzles, games, paradoxes, and formulations. Here are just a few samples of the full-page images in the book: Beginning millions of years ago with ancient “ant odometers” and moving through frlm to our modern-day quest for new dimensions, it covers milestones in mathematical history.

Among the dimensoon delights readers will learn about as they dip into this inviting anthology: Each topic gets a lavishly illustrated spread with stunning color art, along with formulas and concepts, fascinating facts about scientists’ lives, and real-world applications of the theorems.

The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics

Here is the Table of Contents for the book. How many of these entries are you familiar with? How many entries would you like to learn more about? Here is a Form sponge: My favorite combination of the Rubik’s Cube and Menger Sponge, far too difficult for any human to solve, is the “Menger Rubik’s Cube,” pictured at right, by Petter Duvander.

You can learn more about this “Mengerubik Cubesponge” here.

Imagine a race of mathematician aliens attempting to solve the Cube at all size scales. Imagine walking with someone you love along its hidden and mysterious interstices.

Book Reviews “I have often said that a good book is not merely written or compiled, it is crafted. That is, the book is designed for a specific audience and the textual and sensory format is carefully chosen for that audience.

This is a wonderful book Pickover is author of more books than there are decimal places in pi. As his title suggests, Pickover, well, picks over all the best numerical vimension in chronological order, beginning at million BC with the development of the odometer by ants Small children and the inebriated will be amazed.

Pickover, a bona fide polymath who has written more than 40 books, elegantly sums up each mathematical feat Entertaining introduction to many strange and surprising ideas Thf book lets readers glimpse the history te development of mathematics and leaves a sense of awe at just how far the field has come.

Some could call a man like Clifford obsessed. Whatever he is, his research is impeccable. This is unlike any math book I’ve read before. There are so many unique facts and stories collected in this work that it demands to be re-read. The Math Book would make a dimdnsion gift for dimensino person in a technical field especially in the realm of computers.


I highly recommend this book and look forward to future compilations that Dr. Pickover may have on the horizon. Nice entry for The Math Book in the “Signals” gift cataloguealong with math mug. Ptthagoras Duvander’s “Menger Rubik’s Cube,” a frightening hybrid, a rotating puzzle from the furthest heights of heaven, or perhaps from the depths of hell. Notes and Further Reading I’ve compiled the following list that identifies some of the material I used to research and write this book.

As many readers are aware, Internet Web sites come and go. Sometimes they change addresses or completely disappear. The Web site addresses listed here provided valuable background cimension when this book was written. You can, of course, find numerous other web sites relating to these mathematical marvels and milestones using standard Web search tools.

If I have overlooked an interesting or pivotal moment in mathematics that you tge has never been fully appreciated, please let me know about it. Just visit my web site pickover.

Perhaps future editions of the book will include mathematical marvels such as: The Mathematical Association of America Dunham, William, Journey through Genius: The Mathematical Association of America, From the Birth of Numbers New York: Hawking, Stephen, God Created the Integers: Hodgkin, Luke, A History of Mathematics: From Mesopotamia to Modernity Pgthagoras York: Wikipedia Encyclopedia; see http: When I employ the term “whole number” in the Introduction, I use it to refer to all the integers, although some authors 57t restricted its meaning to the nonnegative integers.

Devlin Keith, “Devlin’s Angle: What Can Mathematics Do for the Businessperson? Mentions the Department of Education findings that show the value of taking math courses in high school. Klarreich, Erica, “Math Lab: In which Keith Devlin discusses how mathematics has become so complicated that it sometimes cannot be understood even by the experts.

Thunder’s Mouth Press, Oxford University Press, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology3: Stepping on Stilts and Stumps,” Science Beran, Michael, “Long-term retention of the differential values of Arabic numerals by chimpanzees Pan troglodytes ,” Animal Cognition7 2: Cox, Randel Tom, and C.

Meehan, Bernard, The Book of Kells: An Illustrated Introduction to the Manuscript London: Sossinsky, Alexi, Knots CambridgeMassachusetts Teresi, Dick, Lost Discoveries: Khipus and Cultural Life in a Peruvian Village.

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