Mathematical Fallacies and Paradoxes

Author: Bryan Bunch
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486137933
Release Date: 2012-10-16
Genre: Mathematics

Stimulating, thought-provoking analysis of the most interesting intellectual inconsistencies in mathematics, physics, and language, including being led astray by algebra (De Morgan's paradox). 1982 edition.

Paradoxes in Mathematics

Author: Stanley J. Farlow
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486497167
Release Date: 2014-04-23
Genre: Mathematics

Compiled by a prominent educator and author, this volume presents an intriguing mix of mathematical paradoxes — phenomena with surprising outcomes that can be resolved mathematically. Students and puzzle enthusiasts will get plenty of enjoyment mixed with a bit of painless mathematical instruction from 30 conundrums, including The Birthday Paradox, Aristotle's Magic Wheel, and A Greek Tragedy.

Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science

Author: Martin Gardner
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486131627
Release Date: 2012-05-04
Genre: Science

Fair, witty appraisal of cranks, quacks, and quackeries of science and pseudoscience: hollow earth, Velikovsky, orgone energy, Dianetics, flying saucers, Bridey Murphy, food and medical fads, and much more.

My Best Mathematical and Logic Puzzles

Author: Martin Gardner
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486320328
Release Date: 2013-04-10
Genre: Games & Activities

The noted expert selects 70 of his favorite "short" puzzles, including such mind-bogglers as The Returning Explorer, The Mutilated Chessboard, Scrambled Box Tops, and dozens more involving logic and basic math. Solutions.

Mathematical Logic

Author: Stephen Cole Kleene
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486317076
Release Date: 2013-04-22
Genre: Mathematics

Contents include an elementary but thorough overview of mathematical logic of 1st order; formal number theory; surveys of the work by Church, Turing, and others, including Gödel's completeness theorem, Gentzen's theorem, more.

The Green Book of Mathematical Problems

Author: Kenneth Hardy
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486169453
Release Date: 2013-11-26
Genre: Mathematics

Rich selection of 100 practice problems — with hints and solutions — for students preparing for the William Lowell Putnam and other undergraduate-level mathematical competitions. Features real numbers, differential equations, integrals, polynomials, sets, other topics. Hours of stimulating challenge for math buffs at varying degrees of proficiency. References.

Mathematics Magic and Mystery

Author: Martin Gardner
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486801179
Release Date: 2014-12-02
Genre: Games & Activities

Famed puzzle expert explains math behind a multitude of mystifying tricks: card tricks, stage "mind reading," coin and match tricks, counting out games, geometric dissections, etc. More than 400 tricks. 135 illustrations.

Linear Algebra

Author: Georgi? Evgen?evich Shilov
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 048663518X
Release Date: 1977-06
Genre: Mathematics

Covers determinants, linear spaces, systems of linear equations, linear functions of a vector argument, coordinate transformations, the canonical form of the matrix of a linear operator, bilinear and quadratic forms, Euclidean spaces, unitary spaces, quadratic forms in Euclidean and unitary spaces, finite-dimensional space. Problems with hints and answers.

Mathematical Fallacies Flaws and Flimflam

Author: Edward Barbeau
Publisher: MAA
ISBN: 0883855291
Release Date: 2000-06-15
Genre: Mathematics

Through hard experience mathematicians have learned to subject even the most 'evident' assertions to rigorous scrutiny, as intuition and facile reasoning can often be misleading. However, errors can slip past the most watchful eye, they are often subtle and difficult to detect; but when found they can teach us a lot and can present a real challenge to straighten out. This book collects together a mass of such errors, drawn from the work of students, textbooks, and the media, as well as from professional mathematicians themselves. Each of these items is carefully analysed and the source of the error is exposed. All serious students of mathematics will find this book both enlightening and entertaining.

Entertaining Mathematical Puzzles

Author: Martin Gardner
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486252116
Release Date: 1986-10
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Playing with mathematical riddles can be an intriguing and fun-filled pastime — as popular science writer Martin Gardner proves in this entertaining collection. Puzzlists need only an elementary knowledge of math and a will to resist looking up the answer before trying to solve a problem. Written in a light and witty style, Entertaining Mathematical Puzzles is a mixture of old and new riddles, grouped into sections that cover a variety of mathematical topics: money, speed, plane and solid geometry, probability, topology, tricky puzzles, and more. The probability section, for example, points out that everything we do, everything that happens around us, obeys the laws of probability; geometry puzzles test our ability to think pictorially and often, in more than one dimension; while topology, among the "youngest and rowdiest branches of modern geometry," offers a glimpse into a strange dimension where properties remain unchanged, no matter how a figure is twisted, stretched, or compressed. Clear and concise comments at the beginning of each section explain the nature and importance of the math needed to solve each puzzle. A carefully explained solution follows each problem. In many cases, all that is needed to solve a puzzle is the ability to think logically and clearly, to be "on the alert for surprising, off-beat angles...that strange hidden factor that everyone else had overlooked." Fully illustrated, this engaging collection will appeal to parents and children, amateur mathematicians, scientists, and students alike, and may, as the author writes, make the reader "want to study the subject in earnest" and explains "some of the inviting paths that wind away from the problems into lusher areas of the mathematical jungle." 65 black-and-white illustrations.

Lapses in Mathematical Reasoning

Author: V. M. Bradis
Publisher: Courier Dover Publications
ISBN: 9780486816579
Release Date: 2016-10-28
Genre: Mathematics

Designed as a method for teaching correct mathematical thinking to high school students, this book contains a brilliantly constructed series of what the authors call "lapses," erroneous statements that are part of a larger mathematical argument. These lapses lead to sophism or mathematical absurdities. The ingenious idea behind this technique is to lead the student deliberately toward a clearly false conclusion. The teacher and student then go back and analyze the lapse as a way to correct the problem. The authors begin by focusing on exercises in refuting erroneous mathematical arguments and their classification. The remaining chapters discuss examples of false arguments in arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and approximate computations. Ideally, students will come to the correct insights and conclusions on their own; however, each argument is followed by a detailed analysis of the false reasoning. Stimulating and unique, this book is an intriguing and enjoyable way to teach students critical mathematical reasoning skills.

Author: M.·伽德纳 (美)
ISBN: 7030203372
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Logic puzzles


Christmaths A Creative Problem Solving Math Book

Author: Yan Kow Cheong
Publisher: MathPlus Publishing
ISBN: 9789810876555
Release Date: 2015-12-16
Genre: Christmas

A recreational-and-problem-solving math book, CHRISTmaths: A Creative Problem Solving Math Book attempts to bring together the joy (or spirit) of Christmas and the spirit (or joy) of mathematics. Looking at topics linking Mathematics and Christmas—what the queen of the sciences and the king of the public holidays have in common—CHRISTmaths will not only appeal to a Christmas or Christian audience, but also to any problem solvers who enjoy mathematics recreationally. CHRISTmaths should appeal to • creative problem solvers who are bored by drill-and-kill math titles, and who desire to get an intellectual kick out of solving non-routine questions; • mathletes who long for some creative mathematical problem solving to tickle their mathematical bones. CHRISTmaths hopes to give readers the opportunity to experience the Ah, Aha! and Ha Ha of Mathematics. Contents Preface Biodata of 25 B.C. and A.D. Are You Christmas-Literate? The 12 Puzzles of Christmas Santa’s Itinerary 12 Daffynitions of CHRISTMAS A CHRISTMAS Spell Guesstimation on Christmas Day 7 Beautiful Xmas Series 12 Challenges @ Christmastime A Mathematician’s Musings on Xmas Day Mathematical Graphiti I Xmas Philamath 12 Myths about Christ and Christmas Mathematical Graphiti II Mathematical Graphiti III 25 No-Frills Christmas Crackers Did You Know…. The Mathematics of Christmas 25 Mathematical Quickies & Trickies Was Pythagoras a pre-Christian Christian? A Formula for Christmas Day Q&A about Christmas Clausophobia and the Rest Mathematical Graphiti III Mathematical Graphiti IV Number of Zeros in 1 × 2 × 3 ×⋯× 24 × 25 25 Math Things You Can Do on Christmas 1 × 2 × 3 ×⋯× (n − 1) × n ends in 25 zeros Taking Up Your Cross Mathematicians Christened Number of Digits in 2525 Christmas Tangrams CHRISTMAS By Numbers What day Is Christmas in 2025? The Mathematical Fathers The Answer Is Not 25 Christmas Countdown A Christmas Potpourri CHRISTMAS Alphametics Mathematical Graphiti IV Celebrate Father Christmas Week 25 Illegal Things You May Want to Do on Xmas The Twelve Days of Christmas A Green Christmas Answers/Hints/Solutions Bibliography & References Type of e-book: Nonfiction, problem solving, recreational, Singapore math, trick questions Audiences: Suitable for Grades 5-10