Wonders of Numbers

Chapter 34 A Ranking of the 5 Saddest Mathematical Scandals Contrary to popular belief , mathematics is a passionate subject . Mathematicians are driven by creative passions that are difficult to describe , but are no less forceful than ...

Author: Clifford A. Pickover

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195348001

Category: Mathematics

Page: 417

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Who were the five strangest mathematicians in history? What are the ten most interesting numbers? Jam-packed with thought-provoking mathematical mysteries, puzzles, and games, Wonders of Numbers will enchant even the most left-brained of readers. Hosted by the quirky Dr. Googol--who resides on a remote island and occasionally collaborates with Clifford Pickover--Wonders of Numbers focuses on creativity and the delight of discovery. Here is a potpourri of common and unusual number theory problems of varying difficulty--each presented in brief chapters that convey to readers the essence of the problem rather than its extraneous history. Peppered throughout with illustrations that clarify the problems, Wonders of Numbers also includes fascinating "math gossip." How would we use numbers to communicate with aliens? Check out Chapter 30. Did you know that there is a Numerical Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? You'll find it in Chapter 45. From the beautiful formula of India's most famous mathematician to the Leviathan number so big it makes a trillion look small, Dr. Googol's witty and straightforward approach to numbers will entice students, educators, and scientists alike to pick up a pencil and work a problem.

Mathematical Scandals

Introduction Many people associate cold logic with mathematics . ... Mathematical Scandals is not meant to be a salacious book , but one that introduces the reader to the human sides and foibles of mathematics and mathematicians ...

Author: Theoni Pappas

Publisher: Wide World Pub Tetra

ISBN: PSU:000043602711

Category: Mathematics

Page: 151

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A collection of stories about famous mathematicians and their very human background in the history of mathematics, including the paranoia of Godel and how Newton's apple never was

Mathematical Apocrypha

Anecdotes about Mathematicians and Logicians , www.infiltec.com/j-logic.htm . T. Pappas , Mathematical Scandals , Wide World Publishing , San Carlos , California , 1997 . J. A. Paulos , Mathematics and Humor , University of Chicago ...

Author: Steven G. Krantz

Publisher: MAA

ISBN: 0883855399

Category: Mathematics

Page: 214

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Collection of stories about famous contemporary mathematicians, with illustrations.

Mathematics in Society and History

At the turn of the nineteenth century, world mathematics was dominated by the French Académie. ... The major mathematical scandals in the early 1800s reflect this conflict between the old academy system and the newer university-based, ...

Author: S. Restivo

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789401129442

Category: Science

Page: 202

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This is the first book by a sociologist devoted exclusively to a general sociology of mathematics. The author provides examples of different ways of thinking about mathematics sociologically. The survey of mathematical traditions covers ancient China, the Arabic-Islamic world, India, and Europe. Following the leads of classical social theorists such as Emile Durkheim, Restivo develops the idea that mathematical concepts and ideas are collective representations, and that it is mathematical communities that create mathematics, not individual mathematicians. The implications of the sociology of mathematics, and especially of pure mathematics, for a sociology of mind are also explored. In general, the author's objective is to explore, conjecture, suggest, and stimulate in order to introduce the sociological perspective on mathematics, and to broaden and deepen the still narrow, shallow path that today carries the sociology of mathematics. This book will interest specialists in the philosophy, history, and sociology of mathematics, persons interested in mathematics education, students of science and society, and people interested in current developments in the social and cultural analysis of science and mathematics.

Text Sets

Mathematical Scandals (Pappas, 1997). Truth is stranger than fiction. Theoni Pappas shows that the lives of many historical mathematicians were anything but boring. With short vignettes accessible for secondary readers, Pappas describes ...

Author: Joanne Kilgour Dowdy

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004368323

Category: Education

Page: 312

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Written by educators from diverse experiences, Text Sets: Multimodal Learning for Multicultural Students provides ready-to-use multicultural text sets complete with annotations, instructional activities, and multimedia tools, as well as a framework for building and using new sets.

The Age of the Social

From this perspective, mathematics (along with, perhaps, logic) is the “purest” type of knowledge and thus the ... the role of negotiation in the development of logical and mathematical thought, mathematical scandals as signs of changes ...

Author: Sal Restivo

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315307138

Category: Social Science

Page: 214

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The concept of society sui generis – society as a level of reality which could be studied scientifically – crystallized in the middle of the nineteenth century in Europe, with the work of Durkheim, Marx and Weber and today, more than at any other period in history, the idea of the social has gained a foothold in philosophy, biology, and neuroscience. However, this idea has emerged into prominence not through the historical or contemporary efforts of sociologists, but mainly through the efforts of biologists and neuroscientists. This book seeks to re-establish the credentials of sociology as the science of society. While acknowledging the amalgamation of traditional disciplines into interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary networks of research and theory, and championing interdisciplinarity in recognising the capacity of converging perspectives to yield more interesting general theories of social life, the author defends disciplinarity in maintaining sociology’s achievements as a discipline. With chapters on the sociological world view, imagining society, the self, love, education, mathematics and religion, The Age of the Social re-states the importance of sociology as the source of robust ideas about the social in an age in which this notion has grown in importance. As such, it will appeal to scholars across the social sciences, with interests in method and philosophy in the social disciplines.

STEM Education for High Ability Learners

For the younger student, Pappas's Mathematical Scandals (1997/2002) and The Joy of Mathematics: Discovering the World Around You (1989/2001) offer intriguing and thought-provoking insights into mathematical history.

Author: Bronwyn MacFarlane

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000503487

Category: Education

Page: 290

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STEM Education for High-Ability Learners: Designing and Implementing Programming focuses on the rigorous articulation of quality STEM education programming to develop STEM talent among high-ability and gifted learners. The intent of this book is to provide a comprehensive resource for educators designing and implementing each of the supports within STEM education by providing a discussion of each critical component for inclusion in a planned, coherent, and high-quality sequenced system. This edited volume provides a cutting-edge discussion of best practices for delivering STEM education by experts in the field. The contributing authors provide a differentiated discussion and recommendations for the learning experiences of gifted students in STEM education programs.

Fractals Googols and Other Mathematical Tales

MATHEMATICAL SCANDALS Deo O ! KSI OTHER MATH BOOKS by Theoni Pappas THE MATHEMATICS CALENDAR Opens to • 12'x18 " • $ 9.95 new title MATHEMATICAL THE CHILDREN'S SCANDALS MATHEMATICS CALENDAR opens to • 11.5 " x17 " • $ 9.95 • Why isn't ...

Author: Theoni Pappas

Publisher: Wide World Pub Tetra

ISBN: PSU:000043650491

Category: Mathematics

Page: 55

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A new treasure trove of stories that make mathematical ideas come to life with an unusual cast of characters. This book explores mathematical concepts and topics such as real numbers, exponents, dimensions, and geometry in both serious and humorous ways. 50 line drawings.

A Cubed and His Algebra

Ioan James, Remarkable Mathematicians (Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press and Mathematical Association of America), 2002; Theoni Pappas, Mathematical Scandals (San Carlos, CA.: Wide World Publishing/ Tetra), 2002. 27.

Author: Nancy Albert-Goldberg

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595328178

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 348

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A3 & HIS ALGEBRA is the true story of a struggling young boy from Chicago's west side who grew to become a force in American mathematics. For nearly 50 years, A. A. Albert thrived at the University of Chicago, one of the world's top centers for algebra. His "pure research" in algebra found its way into modern computers, rocket guidance systems, cryptology, and quantum mechanics, the basic theory behind atomic energy calculations. This first-hand account of the life of a world-renowned American mathematician is written by Albert's daughter. Her memoir, which favors a general audience, offers a personal and revealing look at the multidimensional life of an academic who had a lasting impact on his profession. SOME QUOTATIONS FROM PROFESSOR ALBERT:"There are really few bad students of mathematics. There are, instead, many bad teachers and bad curricula ""The difficulty of learning mathematics is increased by the fact that in so many high schools this very difficult subject is considered to be teachable by those whose major subject is language, botany, or even physical education.""It is still true that in a majority of American universities the way to find the Department of Mathematics is to ask for the location of the oldest and most decrepit building on campus.""The production of a single scientist of first magnitude will have a greater impact on our civilization than the production of fifty mediocre Ph.D.'s.""Freedom is having the time to do research Even in mathematics there are 'fashions'. This doesn't mean that the researcher is controlled by them. Many go their own way, ignoring the fashionable. That's part of the strength of a great university."

Differentiating Instruction with Menus

The joy of mathematics: Discovering mathematics all around you. San Carlos, CA: Wide World Publishing. ... Mathematical scandals. ... The ten things all future mathematicians and scientists must know (but are rarely taught).

Author: Laurie E. Westphal


ISBN: 9781593632267

Category: Education

Page: 119

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At its core, problem-based learning offers students a "messy," complex problem that requires research and critical thinking to resolve. Because the Internet is such a powerful research tool, it is tailor-made for use in problem-based learning. This guide coaches both educators and students on using the Internet to solve complex problems. Teachers are introduced to how the Internet is organized and how to access its resources without too much technical information. Students are given eight problem-based learning scenarios that put them in the role of a particular character. Successful completion of these scenarios requires extensive Internet research and all of the steps of problem solving, including mapping and defining. Teaching notes and reproducible problem logs are included.Grades 3--6