Weird Math: A Teenage Genius & His Teacher Reveal the Strange Connections Between Math & Everyday Life by David Darling and Agnijo Banerjee
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Mathematics suffers from a bit of an identity crisis. The readers of this publication are surely familiar with what I mean: not everyone on the planet enjoys what we so passionately pursue. This book, despite its provocative title, is an attempt to close that gap. Even if the aficionados of the Mathematical Intelligencer are not likely to find much that is new or particularly deep within this book, they may still enjoy a presentation of our field of study on a broad scale all at once.
Those who are already fans of, and conversant in, an array of modern mathematics will find familiar topics that range through visualizing higher dimensions, the impact of chance, chaos, Turing machines, prime numbers including a touch of the Riemann hypothesis, game theory, the nature of mathematical thought, monstrously large numbers, topology, and the nature of proof. As can be anticipated, none of these receive a rigorous mathematical exposition. A strength of this book, however, is the clear prose...