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.
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
Reader-friendly guide offers illustrative examples of the rules of physical science and how they were formulated. Topics include the role of mathematics as the language of physics; nature of mechanical vibrations; harmonic motion and shapes; geometry of the laws of motion; more. 60 figures. 1963 edition.
Author: Alfred S. Posamentier
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Release Date: 2013-08-13
Two veteran math educators demonstrate how some "magnificent mistakes" had profound consequences for our understanding of mathematics' key concepts. In the nineteenth century, English mathematician William Shanks spent fifteen years calculating the value of pi, setting a record for the number of decimal places. Later, his calculation was reproduced using large wooden numerals to decorate the cupola of a hall in the Palais de la Découverte in Paris. However, in 1946, with the aid of a mechanical desk calculator that ran for seventy hours, it was discovered that there was a mistake in the 528th decimal place. Today, supercomputers have determined the value of pi to trillions of decimal places. This is just one of the amusing and intriguing stories about mistakes in mathematics in this layperson's guide to mathematical principles. In another example, the authors show that when we "prove" that every triangle is isosceles, we are violating a concept not even known to Euclid - that of "betweenness." And if we disregard the time-honored Pythagorean theorem, this is a misuse of the concept of infinity. Even using correct procedures can sometimes lead to absurd - but enlightening - results. Requiring no more than high-school-level math competency, this playful excursion through the nuances of math will give you a better grasp of this fundamental, all-important science.
Author: Louis S. Berger
Publisher: Lexington Books
Release Date: 2011-01-20
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
The prevailing conception of language is often called 'the received view.' Though ubiquitous, Louis S. Berger demonstrates its flaws and the difficulties it raises for other disciplines, such as philosophy and physics. In Language and the Ineffable, Berger develops an unconventional model of human development: ontogenesis. A radical and generative feature of the model is the premise that the neonate's world is holistic, boundary-less, unimaginable, and impossible to describe; in other words, ineffable. This study unsettles the foundations of sacrosanct beliefs about language and a host of other disciplines in the process.
Author: Martin Gardner
Publisher: Courier Corporation
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.