Mathematical Cranks (Spectrum) - Underwood Dudley (1992)
ISBN 0883855070
Subject Mathematics - Miscellanea
Publisher The Mathematical Association of America
Publication Date 9/1/1992
Format Paperback (236 x 152 mm)
Language e
A delightful collection of articles about people who claim they have achieved the mathematically impossible (squaring the circle, duplicating the cube); people who think they have done something they have not (proving Fermat’s Last Theorem); people who pray in matrices; people who find the American Revolution ruled by the number 57; people who have in common eccentric mathematical views, some mild (thinking we should count by 12s instead of 10s), some bizarre (thinking that second-order differential equations will solve all problems of economics, politics and philosophy). This is a truly unique book. It is written with wit and style and is a part of folk mathematics.
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LoC Classification QA99.D83 1992
Dewey 510
Cover Price $33.95
No. of Pages 384