Keys to Infinity
|Rating||:||4.75 (637 Votes)|
|Number of Pages||:||360 Pages|
For this book he has compiled 30 chapters of mathematical puzzles (and one short story), all having some connection to the concept of infinity. If phrases like "Monte Carlo bootstrapping approximation" send you off the deep end, not to worry. --Eric Warner. Computer modelers will be happy to find that instructive BASIC and C language has been provided for most of the problems. Many puzzles have been previously posted on the Internet, and the best or weirdest replies have been included in this book. Clifford Pickover is by most standards a mathematics geek (Ph.D. These are not dry, dusty puzzles. In problems such as "The Loom of Creation," "Grid of the Gods," "Alien Abduction Algebra," and "The Infinity Worms of Callisto," Pickover has couched mathematical puzzles in bizarre science fiction scenarios to make
P. Barnes said A fascinating exploration of topics on infinity. *The book is a collection of fascinating, thought-provoking essays onvarious topics which are not necessarily all concerned with infinitetopics. Some may be discussions of really big numbers ormathematical constructs, but these may or may not necessarily involveinfinity.*If you absolutely cannot stand math stuff, this is not your book.Otherwise, it has a range of math from very simple to reallyadvanced. I just brushed over the very advanced math stuff that Ieither did not understand or had long ago forgotten, but I didn'treally feel like I missed anything.*There are a slew of amazing visually complex and striking graphicalrepre. The one thing wrong with this book is that it's finite A Customer This book is not just for maths nuts like me. Its for anyone who has a passing interest in the subject.The author has in a crisp and concise wa,y managed to introduce, and in some cases explain, both the history and the solution, to some of the most mystifying problems to confront mankind in his infinite quest to understand the Ultimate Infinity - The Universe.The cover notes suggest that the reader requires "no specialised mathematical knowledge " but you will need to understand some maths probably to GCSE level but then you would not buy, borrow or steal this book if you can't add, subtract, multiply and divide.The computer p. A Customer said Infinity got you stumped? Get this book. Having trouble understanding the concept of "infinity"? Know the word but don't have a deep understanding of what it really is? This book is for you! The author can take such a hard-to-grasp concept like infinity and make it accessible to everyone. With a good sprinkling of computer programs for those with access to one, Pickover provides the reader with the ability to experiment with the ideas presented.
Pickover's marvelous books, he breaks all finite chains to soar into the transcendental, mind-boggling regions of mathematical infinity. For anyone who has ever wondered just how big infinity really is, or just how small, this book will provide an endless source of insight, creativity, and fun. Fascinating!"-Manfred Schroeder, author of Fractals, Chaos, Power Laws "What could be more appropriate to the subject of infinity than a book like this one, so dense with wonderful puzzles, anecdotes, images, and computer programs that you could pore over it forever? In Keys to Infinity, Pickover has once again assembled a mathematical feast."-Carl Zimmer, Senior Editor Discover "Cliff Pickover has produced yet another book of mathematical puzzles, weird facts, computer art, and simple programs to challenge our minds and enthrall us with the beauty of the infinite mathematical world in which we live."-Dr. Every problem and puzzle is presented in a remarkably accessible style requiring no specialized mathematical knowledge. Written in the author's informal, clear style, it is a treasure trove of recreational problems, many published here for the first time, with special emphasis on computer programs and riveting graphics. As you soar, fasten your seat belt."-Martin Gardner, author of The Magic Numbers of Dr. Try scaling the ladders to heaven, playing a game of inf