The Joy of Mathematics: Marvels, Novelties, and Neglected Gems That Are Rarely Taught in Math Class

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It takes a special scholar to unravel the tangle of tantalizing mathematical tidbits that have been largely absent in the modern rush of contemporary thinking. Alfred S. Posamentier has done it again. Joined by Charles Li, Chrisstian Spreitzer, and Robert Gereischilage, Posamentier has compiled an intriguing collection of mind teasers that trace back to classical mathematical thinking in his new book, The Joy of Mathematics.

Posamentier is preceded by a long history of development in contemporary mathematical literature. Today, he has as an outstanding image in modern mathematical thinking and is not about to slow down.

The book recognizes the joy of arithmetic puzzles as well as of practical applications. The book’s discussion proceeds to algebraic explanations of accepted concepts, including such famous riddles as Descartes’ Rule of Signs, Fermat’s method of factoring, and Pythagorean Triples, just to mention a few. Then we see geometric curiosities. The remainder of the book deals with probability and everyday experiences and common sense from a mathematical perspective.

The Joy of Mathematics is indeed a joy to read. Its witty connection to logic and enigmas represent a testament to Posamentier’s brilliance.


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Author Alfred S. Posamentier • Charles Li, Contributor • Christian Spreitzer, Contributor • Robert Geretschläger, Contributor
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 300 pages
Publisher Prometheus Books
Publish Date 2017-Aug-22
ISBN 9781633882973
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Issue September 2017
Category Science & Nature
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